Hearke, Hearke, the Larke at Heauens Gate Sings

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare
Hearke, hearke, the Larke at Heauens gate sings,
      and Phoebus gins arise,
His Steeds to water at those Springs
      on chalic'd Flowres that lyes:
And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their Golden eyes
With euery 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

 William  Shakespeare


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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