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What is "lethe" in Ode To A Nightingale by John Keats?

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zahra333 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2007 at 5:19 PM via web

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What is "lethe" in Ode To A Nightingale by John Keats?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted January 27, 2007 at 6:00 AM (Answer #1)

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In Greek and Roman mythology, Lethe was one of five rivers in the underworld, or the kingdom of the dead. Drinking from Lethe (whose name means "forgetfulness") caused the souls of the dead to forget all knowledge of their previous lives.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 25, 2009 at 4:44 PM (Answer #2)

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In Greek mythology, Lethe is one of the several rivers of Hades: those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness.

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mizradane | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted December 27, 2010 at 10:34 PM (Answer #3)

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In his poem Ode To A Nightingale Keats uses a lot of  Greek Mythology.

"Lethe" is a mythical river whose waters made the dead forget their past. The word "lethe" means forgetfulness.

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