Still wouldst thou sing and I have ears in vain To thy high requiem become a sod. Keats' daring and bold style earned him nothing but criticism from two of England's more revered publications, Blackwood's Magazine and the Quarterly Review. GradeSaver, 27 March 2015 Web. Porphyro sneaks into Madeline's room and, after she has fallen asleep, sings her awake. The experience and intuitive appreciation of the beautiful is, indeed, central to poetic talent, and renders irrelevant anything that is arrived at through reason.
The Ode is not the expression of a single mood, but of a succession of moods. He feels bittersweet happiness at the thought of the nightingale's carefree life. Though Keats is literally referring to the scent of the flowers, these words conjure up thoughts of luxury and wine. In December 1817 was returning from the Christmas pantomime with his friends Charles Wentworth Dilke and Charles Brown. Keats opens the poem with a description of a dreamy, Romantic state: he feels as though he must have drunk hemlock an ancient poison used to kill, among others, Socrates or have taken opium.
On catching the sight of a nightingale and hearing its music, which he assumes to be an immortal voice of happiness, Keats feels that his body is getting benumbed. The poem itself is very unhappy; Keats is stunned at the happiness of the bird, and despairs at the difference between it and its happiness and his own unhappy life. The poem lists the themes of nature, transience, beauty and mortality. His financial condition was insecure. The first four stanzas assert the poet's identification with the bird and its song and the latter four stanzas lay emphasis upon the poet's separateness from the bird. Keats is perhaps the greatest and one of the main representative of the romantic poets belonging to the second generation. One kind of mastery displayed by Keats in this ode is worth noting—the continuous shifting of view-point.
His youngest brother Tom had died, the second one had gone abroad and the poet himself was under the suspense and agony by the passionate love for Fanny Brawne. The nightingale's song is unrestricted by either time or space. Each one of them is given prominence separately. He uses poetry to join the nightingale's nighttime world, deep in the dark forest where hardly any moonlight can reach. He cannot but remember the song and its beauty. Perhaps even Ruth whose story is told in the Old Testament heard it.
It is clear that Keats did not anticipate writing such a lengthy poem when he took just two sheets of paper into the garden, — and he did not dare interrupt his writing to fetch more later. In lengthy letters to friends, Keats outlined his vision of a kind of poetry that drew its beauty from real world human experience rather than some mythical grandeur. The writing was not well legible; and it was difficult to arrange the stanzas on so many scraps. The song has a magical effect on the poet. Keats' narration goes on to express Keats' frequent wish to live in a realm of Platonic perfection -- this time, of Poesy poetry.
At this stage in the poem, the poet is trying to escape from the reality, and experience the ideal rather than complement one with the other. He wants to escape the worries and concerns of life, age, and time. Hence the poet seeks an alternative life-in-death state where to be dead at this moment is to preserve for posterity this unsullied moment of ecstasy and glory. One thought suggests another and, in this way, the poem proceeds to a somewhat arbitrary conclusion. When he came into the house, I perceived he had some scraps of paper in his hand, and these he was quietly thrusting behind the books. Yet Keats points out that the nightingale cannot know the affairs and concerns of men, which include, sadly, mortality.
The vintage, dance and song, the waters of poetic inspiration are the warmth of the south together make a compound and sensuous appeal. This is the climax of the poem and the point where the different themes harmonized—the beauty of the nightingale's song, the loveliness of the Spring night, the miseries of the world, the desire to escape from those miseries by death, by wine, or by poetry. Only with the help of his friends, who pushed hard to secure Keats' legacy, and the work and style of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during the latter half of the 19th century, did Keats' stock rise considerably. The song that Ruth had heard reminded her of her separation from her home and the song that had thrilled Keats reminds him of his separation from the bird. His third and final volume of poetry, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St.
Keats saw a world more chaotic, more creative than what others he felt, would permit. Psyche, having been one of the last goddesses to join the Greek Pantheon, does not have a temple. He eventually studied medicine at a London hospital and became a licensed apothecary in 1816. The tragic awareness of suffering inflicts on him a peculiar kind of ache because the opposing effect of dullness, which is the effect of desire, is increasing. The poet wants to disappear with the joyous nightingale.
The myth then continues on to the staples of Grecian myth: trials, angry gods, and ultimately, a happy ending where Cupid and Psyche end up together. Ode on a grecian urn addresses many of the same concerns that occupied keats in ode to a nightingale except that in this poem he turns his attention from the natural poetry of the. Through Hunt, Keats was introduced to a world of politics that was new to him and had greatly influenced what he put on the page. It is what happens in his mind while he is listening to the song of a nightingale. Keats raises a question that operates on two levels.