Ode to a Nightingale - Govt.college for girls sector 11 ...

Ode to a Nightingale - Govt.college for girls sector 11 ...

John Keats Ode to a Nightingale An Interpretation John Keats Revived the ode form, an Ancient Greek song performed at formal occasions, usually in praise of its subject, for modern readers with poems like Ode to a Nightingale

A Horatian ode, after the Roman poet Horace. In general, a Horatian ode has a consistent stanza length and metre. "Ode to a Nightingale" is notable for being the longest of Keats's six "Great Odes." It is also often considered the most personal, with its reflections on death and the stresses of life. The poem has eight separate stanzas of ten lines each, and the metre of each line in the stanza, except for the eighth, is iambic pentametre. The eighth line is written in iambic trimetre which means it has only three stresses in the line, not five. Ode to a Nightingale First Stanza: Keats, in his heartache, feels as though he has

drunk poison, but declares that he does not envy the nightingale for being happyin fact, he revels in the fact that the bird sings so happily in the forest. Second Stanza: Keats wishes for wine that tastes like Dance and the country green so that he could use alcohols psychological effects on the mind to float away with the nightingale. Ode to a Nightingale

Third Stanza: Keats lists things that the nightingale has never known, such as palsy, and solemnly admits that in the human world, youth, beauty, and love dont last forever. Fourth Stanza: Keats decides that he will not use wine to float away with the bird. Though the dull brain perplexes, he tells the bird to

fly away, so that he can follow it on the wings of poetry. Ode to a Nightingale Fifth Stanza: Keats writes that although he cant see the different flowers, he can use each flowers scent to label them in the embalmd darkness.

Sixth Stanza: Keats has been half in love with the idea of dying. The nightingales song would make dying then and there easier, but his ears would then only be able to hear the birds song in vain. Ode to a Nightingale Seventh Stanza: Keats comments on the birds immortality, saying it sang for emperors [i]n ancient

days. He also writes that the birds song could open magic casements. Eight Stanza: Keats halts his adoration of the nightingale to concentrate on himself. He is saddened by the birds flight elsewhere and by his seeming lack of imagination. Literary Devices, Allusion The River Lethe: Greek and Roman

mythology, underworlds river of forgetfulness Flora: Roman goddess of flowers Hippocrene: Muses fountain Bacchus (and his leopards): Roman god of wine Ruth: widow who left her people for a new land. Literary Devices, Alliteration/Assonance Fade far awayand quite forget/the fever

and the fret Perhaps the self-same song/the sad heartsick for homestood in tears While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad Thou was not born for death, immortal Bird Literary Devices, Personification

Death: Called him soft names Fancy: cannot cheat so well Youth: grows pale Beauty: cannot keep her lustrous eyes

Love: pine at them. Literary Devices Synesthesia: Describes one sensation in terms of another (i.e. sound as taste, color as sound) Diction/Style: Uses archaic words (beechen; thine, thou, thee)

Elevated Vocabulary: verdurous, palsy, plaintive anthem, embalmed, lustrous The More You Know An ode is a complex, long lyric poem on a serious subject, intimate, meditative; not a story, but emotions and thoughts Keats use of slant rhyme (been + green) Ode to a Nightingale is an example of Quintessential Romanticism. Works Cited

"John Keats." Poets,org. 2010. Web. 1 Feb 2010. .

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