In what ways is Skylark a typical romantic poem?
Skylark is a typically romantic poem due to the use of language and
feelings expressed in the poem.
The title 'To a Skylark' is typically romantic as the poem is wrote
directly to a bird. The references to time, height, heaven and the poet
himself are also typically romantic. The poem describes how the bird is
not just a bird it is much more than that. 'Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird
thou never wert' (L1-2) this is as though the poem is telling the reader
that it is not just describing a bird but many different parallels are being
shown through the image of the bird. 'spirit' may also be taken literally as
somebody which has been lost to the poet or merely just as a metaphor of
The poem in itself is contrasted with the birds singing to emphasise the
beauty and perfection of the poem 'Pourest thy full heart, In profuse
strains of unpremeditated art' (L4-5).
The poet is full of poetry which
pours from his heart without the need of concentration and thought as
easily as the bird can sing its song. The emotions contained in the poem
are soaring higher and higher as the bird gains height above him 'Higher
still and higher, From the earth thou springest' (L6-7). As the bird
glistens in the light, yet more inspiration is shown in the poem. 'Like a
cloud of fire' (L8). As though a burning desire to unleash all of his
thoughts and feelings through poetry is all around him as though in a
cloud of smoke.
The use of colour has great effect to the tone of the poem. The colour
reflects the emotion in the poem. As the sun goes down...