Please comment on the importance of the dream-state in "Ode to a Nightingale."
The dream-like state into which the speaker enters is very important because it allows him to meditate over the significance of the nightingale's song to him and what it means. The speaker becomes intoxicated with the song of the nightingale and the many different images that it provokes in his mind. This causes him to wish for poetic inspiration that he might fly away from the suffering and transformations that time inflicts on people:
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