He was the first child of an ostler, Thomas Keats and his wife Frances Jennings. His father wanted Keats to become a doctor and went him to apprentice with Dr. Hammond, a surgeon in Edmonton. Keats was a gifted student…
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Much of his youth was stigmatized by poverty and poor health. He also got into an understanding with Frances “Fanny” Brawne but the relationship didn’t last long because of Keats’ failing health, although Fanny was loyal to Keats and tended him very near to his last days. It was during this period of his failing health when he wrote Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820) which included the poem “Ode To A Nightingale”.
Ode To A Nightingale is a poem that was very close to Keats’ personal life. The poem was evocative of all the sufferings that Keats faced in his short-life like the death of his parents; the suffering and pain which he witnessed in people as a surgeon apprentice, the death of his brother and ultimately his own vain life spent in convalescing from the deadly disease of tuberculosis and the pangs of a relationship that couldn’t shape up.
The poem speaks of the life of a nightingale in which the poet compares it with that of the life of a human being. Keats says in the poem that the life of a nightingale is blessed because it hasn’t seen the stressed life of humans which is impregnated with worries and sickness. He further says that the life of humans is so sad where beauty is not perpetual and affection is not consistent but the nightingale is above all this and its music is fluid and it is immortal.
The writer wishes very hard to flee from the human world to the world of the nightingale. Keats also further wishes to succumb to death painlessly by delightfully listening to the melodious music of the nightingale. The nightingale’s song has been taken to be the ticket to the other world which is free of materialism and physicality. Keats achieved to flee to the world of the nightingale by alcohol and opium but later agreed that the sweet musical chants of the nightingale will help him transport to Utopia.
“A Draught of Sunshine” is another of Keats’ poem which
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The poem reflects a contrast between sadness and joy, the nightingale representing a sense of joy that is missing from the narrator’s experience. The narrator wishes for the innocence of a lack of the knowledge for what is making them sad and goes on to describe a world in which he believes the nightingale is immersed in peace and joy.
It was a beautiful spring morning and the nightingale’s song was joyous and tranquil at once. This made Keats sit for two or more hours under the plum tree and enjoy the continuous song. As a result, “Ode to a Nightingale” was born, as it seems, in the same breath with the bird’s song.
Both these poets were mutual and affectionate friends. Shelley wrote “Adonais” on Keats death in 1821 and drowned to death the very next year. He was very fond of Keats’ works. Several of Keats’ poems were found in his pocket after he drowned (Sandy 5).
Keats invented a new poetic frame for these poems for he found conventional structures to be inadequate for philosophical musings that is the Odes’ defining characteristic. Keats wanted the tone of these odes to be introspective with lesser emphasis on lyrical harmony.
The poem was published in Leigh Hunt’s literary periodical The Examiner in the same year. The literary work has been widely acclaimed and it is also regarded as a classic. The sonnet is basically dedicated towards developing a reflective observation of the translation of Homer’s major works by George Chapman in 1614.
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He wants to leave the world and unite with the bird. He first thinks that wine would transport him to the world of the nightingale. According to Cleanth Brook “The world of mankind and the world of nightingale are
The way the Nightingale’s song captures him, dulling his senses and momentarily drowning his pain, is captured by his reference to the five senses. He imagines drinking wine, smelling flowers, seeing the greenness
This essay focuses on the following thesis: '..essay seeks to relay how Keats in his poem has managed to utilize diction, tone and imagery to relay his message explicitly'. Keats skillfully utilizes the imagery of intoxication, which is in form of a dream featuring three main alterations that comprise the entire poem’s structural response.
The reason behind naming this Ode ‘Nightingale’ is to depict the harsh and wincing realities of life, of mourning loss, but still finding a way to harbor love inside our hearts and keep hoping for wonders to happen. To explain his thinking about the world, Keats has used symbols or imagery and wordplay, a speaking mode, form and meter and sound.
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