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skylark

(Encyclopedia) skylark, common name for a passerine songbird (Alauda arvensis) famous for the soaring, melodious flight of the courting male. Found in Europe (except in the Mediterranean area), it is…

Brewer's: Skylark

among sailors, is to mount the highest yards (called sky-scrapers), and then slide down the ropes for amusement. (See Lark.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: To a Skylark

by Percy Bysshe Shelley The CloudCancelled Passage of the Ode to LibertyTo a Skylark Composed at Leghorn, 1820, and published with "Prometheus Unbound" in the same year. There is a…

lark

(Encyclopedia) lark, common name for members of the large family Alaudidae, perching birds of terrestrial habits, chiefly of the Old World and best-known through the skylark, Alauda arvensis. The…

Carmichael, Hoagy

(Encyclopedia) Carmichael, Hoagy hō´gē (Hoagland Howard Carmichael), 1899–1981, American songwriter, pianist, and singer, b. Bloomington, Ind. While still a student at Indiana Univ. he was influenced…

Mercer, Johnny

(Encyclopedia) Mercer, Johnny (John Herndon Mercer)mûr´sər, 1909–76, American lyricist and songwriter, b. Savannah, Ga. Mercer, who was one of American popular music's most accomplished…

birdsong

(Encyclopedia) birdsong. Song, call notes, and certain mechanical sounds constitute the language of birds. Song is produced in the syrinx, whose firm walls are derived from the rings of the trachea,…

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

(Encyclopedia) Shelley, Percy Bysshe bĭsh, 1792–1822, English poet, b. Horsham, Sussex. He is ranked as one of the great English poets of the romantic period. A Tempestuous Life The son of a…

Christina Rossetti: Gone for Ever

Gone for EverO happy rose-bud blooming Upon thy parent tree, Nay, thou art too presuming; For soon the earth entombing Thy faded charms shall be, And the chill damp consuming.O happy…