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Shelley's Poems

Poems by Percy Shelley "To A Skylark" and "Ozymandias" are examined below:

To a Skylark" is probably Shelley's best known poem. What are some of the things he mentions that the skylark has and can appreciate that we sometimes overlook or don't appreciate?

What is the message of "Ozymandias"? Is Shelley speaking to presidents and kings or to everyone?

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1. As you first examine "To a Skylark," you might notice how Shelley comments on the bird's traits and things that we often overlook or appreciate. Please note how the poem talks about its heart and purity of courage with "Pourest thy full heart." It gives its "full," so it could mean its all or full effort. It also talks about its "profuse strains of unpremeditated art."

Again, it might talk about how humans overlook art in nature. Because it goes "Higher still and higher From the earth thou springest," it shows that it reaches its goals. It also seems to say that we do not see anything in its entirety or that we overlook talents in the line, "And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest."

When it mentions its strength as it "dost float and run, Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun," it seems to show its purpose and goals. By calling it ...

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Help is given about Shelley's poems.