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What are the romantic characteristics in his poem "Ode to a Nightingale?"  

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The characteristics most often associated with the Romantic movement are a focus on intense emotion, the experience of the individual, and a glorification of nature. As soon as the poem begins, the speaker mentions that his "heart aches" and he wishes to feel somewhat numb; however, he spots a nightingale, a "light-winged Dryad of the trees." He wishes that he could drink the same nectar the nightingale drinks and, with it, "fade away into the forest dim." The speaker certainly glorifies the nightingale as well as the night in general, referring to the "Queen-Moon" and "her starry Fays." He praises the nightingale, suggesting that its song is immortal and has been heard by both the high and the low.

In the end, the speaker considers "lands forlorn" that may have been sweetened by the nightingale's song, and this word, forlorn , calls him back to himself and his own pain. He laments that imagination, or "fancy," cannot distract him for longer. The nightingale's song is gone now, and he...

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