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Ode to a nightingale themes

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Ode to a nightingale 'Ode to a nightingale' could be said to contain many themes from mortality to fantasy, but what connects these themes together is they all about the contrasting elements of human life. The first theme you see is the contrast between pain and joy and how you need pain to feel joy. 'My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains' he is in pain but at the same time he feels numb 'as though of hemlock I had drunk or some dull opiate'. ...read more.


Although he does not say directly in the poem you can interoperate it in many different ways such as joy, art or poetry. During stanza two Keats escapes his pain by imagining 'country green' and longing for wine 'O, for a draught of vintage'. In the first and second stanza's he mentions drugs, poison and alcohol which are all ways people use to cope with pain and suffering, Keats himself used opiates. In stanza three he returns to reality and discusses death, old age and mortality of beauty. ...read more.


At the beginning of the poem the nighiningale's song is a happy song and yet here it is referred to as a 'high requiem'. 'Thou wast not born for death, immortal bird!' By calling the bird immortal it shows us that the bird is symbolic. The human race is described as 'Hungry generations'. It make us seem impersonal and unimportant. Many of John Keats family died from tuberculosis, this poem is probably his way of working out his problems because it is personal it makes the poem very vivid and relatable to the readers. ...read more.

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