Poem introduction

'Ode to a Skylark' is an irresistible poem I think, the way it uses its form with a little quatrain of four short lines and then the long alexandrine line afterwards to unravel from there. And he uses it in lots and lots of different ways and there are over one hundred lines in this poem, it’s long. It is a marvellous testament I think to Shelley’s creativity and to his versatility, the way images breed images like the notes of the skylark breeding other notes.

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