How does the speaker characterize the bird's singing in "Ode to a Nightingale"?

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The nightgale's song is best thought of as a kind of ethereal, other-worldly music of great beauty that can never be fully understood or embraced by man. There is also the sense that man, bound by earthly cares, can appreciate the beauty of the nightingale's music, but can never capture that beauty in poetry. In this sense, the nightingale's song is a reminder of man's mortality.

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Keats contrasts the beautiful sound of the bird's song with the his own sad mood. The nightingale sings, it seems to the poet, of summertime. This makes the poet think longingly of summer: the famous line, "O for a beakerful of the warm...

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