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Ode to a Nightingale

by John Keats

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Ode to a Nightingale Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Released October 09, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 12 pages
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This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, “Ode to a Nightingale” has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenging spots—deeply figurative language, a direct confrontation with death—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying “Ode to a Nightingale” will give them unique insight into the form of the ode, the styles and concerns of John Keats, and important themes surrounding death, oblivion, and beauty. 


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.