Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

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Trace the evolution of thought in John Keats' poem, "Ode to Nightingale." Keats thoughts in "Ode to a Nightingale"

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With regard to John Keats' poem, "Ode to a Nightingale," and the author's evolution of thought, he begins the poem by stating that he feels as if he is under the influence of a drug: hemlock or an opiate that has served to make him drowsy. In this state, he speaks to the beauty of the nightingale's song.

That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees, 
In some melodious plot 
Of beechen green and shadows numberless, 
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

In stanza two, Keats wishes for a brew of nature:

O, for a draught of vintage!...
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim, 
And purple-stained mouth; 
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, 
And with thee fade away into the forest dim...

...may refer to a pure and wonderful wine that would allow Keats to leave his world behind to join the nightingale, wherever she is.

In the next stanza, the focus of Keats' words turns to the life of humans: the world of sickness, groans and pain. (This would have been a personal response to Keats' own terminal illness, tuberculosis.)

The weariness, the fever, and the fret 
Here, where men sit and hear each other groan...
Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies...

The next stanza returns Keats' attention to the bird: he will not join it through liquor, but through poesy (poetry) where they can approach the skies, illuminated by the moon and stars.

In the following stanza, Keats cannot see, but he sense the products of nature that surround him, praising nature:

The grass, the thicket, and the fruit-tree wild...
Fast fading violets cover'd up in leaves; 
And mid-May's eldest child, 

(The entire section contains 567 words.)

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