Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

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Please list the techniques used by Keats in "Ode to a Nightingale."

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With regard to John Keats' poem, "Ode to a Nightingale," there are several literary techniques he employs. Keats' employs a vast number of literary devices to make his poetry more alive to its reader. I will give you a sampling.

In the first stanza, "Lethe-wards" uses an allusion (Lethe) to the mythological river one passed through after death. Drinking from the River Lethe brought forgetfulness so that the one who had died would not miss his former life. In stanza two, Keats uses personification multiple times, as in:

Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at...

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