Ode To A Nightingale Analysis

In 1819, at the age of twenty-four, Keats used his passion for Shakespearean literature to create many revolutionary poems, including: Ode to a Nightingale. This poem was one of many that Keats wrote that expresses a tone of longing for an ending and for something more than the world possess. John Keats creates a tone of suffering in the Ode to a Nightingale by confronting the nightingale with a longing for the happiness that the creature expresses; this is how the tone of John Keats influences the theme.
The Ode to a Nightingale was written partly as a Shakespearean quatrain, a Petrarchan sestet, and a repeating ten-line stanza with variations (Charlsie 23). Keats uses these types of stanzas to create a new type of sonnet that was revolutionary
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Keats began to feel heartbroken and lost in the real world. Because of this, he spent much of his time during the summer sitting outside under a plum tree, listening to the world around him. Keats used this time to become aware of some of the creatures in nature, especially the nightingale (Park 23). He then uses these the emotions he felt to create a tone of sadness and suffering in the poem.
The tone in the Ode to a Nightingale is expressed partly due to Keats reaction to the nightingale. Throughout the poem, Keats addresses the nightingale and compares his life to that of the creature: Thou wast not born for death, immortal
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“He assumes a confident, if lugubrious, voice as he takes on subjects that are both external (the song of the nightingale) and internal (his perception of a transient world). The poet seeks to leave behind “the weariness, the fever, and the fret” of a world of mortals…” (Park 140). As he begins to address the nightingale, Keats witnesses the happiness and immortality that the creature admits and begins to desire the emotions the nightingale holds. He suffers because he has witnessed what the creature’s immortality represents and begins to long for death and release into happiness that comes with. He continues to reference this feeling of longing throughout the poem; therefore, creating the theme of longing for

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