Sunday, January 3, 2021

Skylark = l'arc-en-ciel

"A sensitive plant, what?"

"Exactly. You know your Shelley, Bertie."

"Oh, am I?"
-- P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

The French for "rainbow" is l'arc-en-ciel -- or, to translate partially, l'arc-in-sky. This obviously corresponds perfectly with the English word skylark. Shelley, in his poem To a Skylark, relates that bird to the rainbow.

What thou art we know not;
What is most like thee?
From rainbow clouds there flow not
Drops so bright to see
As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.

I've got nothing else to say about this at this point. I simply note it in anticipation.

1 comment:

Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

Anouilh’s play about Joan of Arc is called (in English) The Lark.

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