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This poem imagines what different birds might be saying in their songs. The song of the lark is often considered the most beautiful of any bird - there are lots of online sound clips of larks singing such as in this video - try listening to some of these. Think about other birds you know (listen to examples of their song if you can) - what do you imagine they might be singing about? Can you add another verse to the poem?

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Do you ask what the birds say? The sparrow, the dove,
The linnet and thrush say, ‘I love and I love!’
In the winter they’re silent – the wind is so strong;
What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving – all come back together.
But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and forever sings he –
‘I love my Love, and my Love loves me!’

Answer to a Child’s Question

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge