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by John Keats

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Critically analyze the elements of imagination and reality in Keat's odes, "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to a Grecian Urn," and "Ode to Autumn"

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As a Romantic poet, Keats perceived the imagination as a critical authority that intuitively connects with the transcendent, or those things that are beyond the ken of humans. And, through the medium of sympathetic imagination, Keats essayed to become that which he created through his intense identification with the life of what he explains.

In "Ode to a Nightingale," for instance, Keats describes his state as one in which he is between the real world and the ideal realm of the spirit as in Stanza IV, Keats writes,

Away! away! for I will fly to thee,

Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,

But on the viewless sings of Poesy...

Aready with thee! tender is the night

And haply, the Queen-Moon is on her throne,

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