Critical Analysis: Analyze Keats 'Ode To A Nightingale'

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The Romantic Lyric is defined by many varying qualities including a focus on “nature […] wild and untamed natural settings”, “rejection of reason as the organizing principle for art and society”, and an urge to “valorize the ordinary individual” (322). Romantic poets turned “away from the manners and artifices of social life” and instead “celebrated the beauties of the vast skies and towering mountains” (322) because the were tired of the looming pressures that the Industrial Revolution had brought to cities. The value of the natural world became increasingly evident as the cities grew more crowded and expanded, transportation links sprouted up across the countryside and pollution became more of an issue. Many of the Romantic poets had experienced “oppressive regime[s]” (324) and rejected the idea of those dictatorial leaders in favor of the wonders of the common people. These are, to me, the …show more content…
2. Analyze Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale” (p. 411-413).
-What is this poem about? Explain how you developed your interpretation.
-What is the tone or mood of the poem?
-What kind of imagery do we see in this poem? -What is your favorite line from this poem? Why? Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale” is about the feeling of loss or grief one experiences when they realize that there are some things that are impossible to be or that there are ways that our lives simply will not go, how ever much we may wish for it due to the facts of nature. We are all subjects of our own biology in one way or another. In the poem Keats longs to be like the titular nightingale as he listens to it’s song because he sees the bird as being free from knowledge of it’s own death - birds think about what they must do, not what they will be. He is envious of the nightingale’s ability to be free of “The weariness, the fever, and the fret” of humanity (412). From the choice of words, I suspect

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