Ode to a Nightingale Questions and Answers
by John Keats

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What are the romantic elements in "Ode to a Nightingale"? Please use appropriate quotations to illustrate the romantic elements.

One of the Romantic elements in “Ode to a Nightingale” is the distinction between the real world and the world of the imagination. We can see this distinction illustrated in the lines, "Away! away! for I will fly to thee, / Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, / But on the viewless wings of Poesy." Here, the speaker urges the nightingale to fly away. He will follow him through poetry, which represents the world of the imagination.

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When one thinks of Romantic poetry, the first element that comes to mind is a focus on nature and a connection to nature. This is very clear in the poem as Keats focuses on the nightingale. With this focus, he includes numerous images connected to nature and the beauty of the natural world. This is especially noticeable in stanza 5, which is rich in sensory imagery:

I cannot see what flowers are at my feet,
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs,
But, in embalmèd darkness, guess each sweet
Wherewith the seasonable month endows
The grass, the thicket, and the fruit-tree wild;
White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine;
Fast fading violets cover'd up in leaves;
And mid-May's eldest child,
The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves

Romantic poetry also includes descriptions of mythology and explorations into the realm of fantasy. Keats makes use of beautiful mythological references in the poem. Initially, his reference to the nightingale is to describe it...

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