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The Caged Skylark

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Charlotte Moreno

on 16 March 2013

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Transcript of The Caged Skylark

The Caged SkyLark by Gerard Manley Hopkins As a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage,
Man's mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells —
That bird beyond the remembering his free fells;
This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life's age.

Though aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage
Both sing sometimes the sweetest, sweetest spells,
Yet both droop deadly sometimes in their cells
Or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage.

Not that the sweet-fowl, song-fowl, needs no rest —
Why, hear him, hear him babble & drop down to his nest,
But his own nest, wild nest, no prison.

Man's spirit will be flesh-bound, when found at best,
But uncumbered: meadow-down is not distressed
For a rainbow footing it nor he for his bones risen. Imagery The Caged Skylark Rhyme Scheme First Stanza:
abba
Second Stanza:
abba
Third Stanza:
ccd
Fourth Stanza:
ccd
Skylark compared to the human spirit Fourth Stanza Analysis by Charlotte Moreno Idea: Structure Hyphenated Words "dare-gale" "bone-house" "sweet fowl" "song-fowl" "flesh-bound" "day-laboring-out" "meadow-down" Sounds hard d,b sounds
-weigh the reader down in reading aloud cage= "dull" "bone-house" "mean house"
- home that provides shelter but simultaneously traps Stanza 1:
A neglected skylark is compared to the spirit of a man with the distinct imagery of a imprisoning bird cage.
Stanza 2:
Similarities in action and behavior are shown between the skylark and the spirit and both are seen as one.
Stanza 3:
The "sweet-fowl" is introduced to contrast the its freedom with the imprisonment of the skylark and spirit.
Stanza 4:
When the spirit reaches its true fulfillment, it will be with its body but not with the corresponding burdens of before. The poem ends with the resurrection of the body and spirit.

Emphasizes importance of unbreakable bonds between two things Lingering connections between stanzas "meadow-down"= physical diction for death "rainbow footing"= heaven
"bones risen"= Spirit and body still bonded in paradise In our life, our body feels like a prison but it is still a home to our spirit. When we die, we are brought to true fulfillment with our bodies because we have laid down our earthly troubles.
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