Compare and contrast the poems "Ode to a Nightingale" and "To Autumn" by the poet John Keats.
John Keats was a Romantic poet: and of all the characteristics for which the Romantics were known, nature is one of the most (if not the most) prominent themes of their poetry.
Along with Byron and Shelley, Keats (though he died young) had developed early a mastery of placing images of nature on paper. In "Ode to a Nightingale," he writes profusely in praise of nature, of all things born of nature, and his deepest desire to be carried away by nature:
O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool'd a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South...
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim...
One is swept away by the pure bliss Keats imagines in drinking of water long cooled beneath the surface of the earth—that tastes even of the plants growing nearby, so pure it would be. He wishes for the joy of nature, and that he might disappear...
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