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English Essay Both Keats and Frost describe and encounter between a human being and a non-human animal. In "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Two Look at Two". Compare the way this experience is handled in the two poems. In "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Two Look at Two", both poems tells of an experience in which the human characters encounters animals in the poems, the experiences are handled quite differently in the two poems. In "Ode to a Nightingale", Keats often express his sad feelings and uses the Nightingale and portray it as some sort of a god or peaceful symbol. As the poem started off with Keats expressing how drunk the character was and that as if he has taken some drugs - hemlock, and that he wanted so much to drink more so that he can enter this world in which this Nightingale is in. Keats shows a kind of experience that is not very realistic / not real, or another word - like a dream, and very imaginative. For example the character is seeing things that does not actually happens, but things that the character is imagining, or what he thinks, like when he heard the ...read more.


He adds to this, as he wants to escape with the Nightingale. Comparing this with "Two Look at Two" Keats rather imagines and let the character fly away like in a dream, but in "Two Look at Two" Frost uses personification to make the "doe" and the "buck" acts like a person, and although they don't actually talk, Frost adds some sort of thinking and speech for them from him. This can be seen on the following lines: "She seemed to think that two thus they were safe. Then, as if they were something that, through strange, She could not trouble her mind with too long, She sighed and passed unscared along the wall." Another better example is when Frost actually makes the buck speaks later on in the poem: "Why don't you make some motion? Or give sign of life? Because you can't. I doubt as if you're as living as you look." Here Frost has turned this experience or confrontation with the buck into like a conversation. And looking back at Keats's Nightingale poem, Keats does not show as much signs of personification as Frost has, and in Frost's poem, the experience with the animal in this poem ...read more.


that the bird is really beautiful and in some way god like, but in Frost's poems, Frost main concentrates on the confrontation between the animals and the humans, and that there is a kind of a wall or different territory between the animal and the humans, for example the wall acts as a boundary which separates the two different species apart, where the experience is in the real world but not in the dream of a man and the human in this is therefore unable to come to the animal as the man did in Keats poem with the Nightingale. Keats and Frost both uses and handle their experience in the poem very differently from each other, as described above. And Keats has his own imagination poems, where as Frost's is a much more direct approach and where the characters are in the real world, and things are not as relaxing as it seems as in Keats's. Frost uses of personification allows the reader to understand the animals a lot more, and where as Keats, the Nightingale is singing its heart out, but we do not know why it flies away and what was its motive through out the poem. ...read more.

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