Song: “Hark, hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings”

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare

(from Cymbeline)

Hark, hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings, 
And Phoebus 'gins arise, 
His steeds to water at those springs 
On chaliced flowers that lies; 
And winking Mary-buds begin 
To ope their golden eyes: 
With every thing that pretty is, 
My lady sweet, arise: 
Arise, arise.

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Poet William Shakespeare 1564–1616


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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While William Shakespeare's reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early nineteenth century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry. Yet the study of his nondramatic poetry can illuminate Shakespeare's . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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