Unformatted text preview: Anirudh Kulkarni Mrs. Derrow AP English III 11 March 2010 “Ode to a Nightingale” is one of John Keats’s most famous odes. By the title we know that it will be an Ode. An ode consists of a strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode. When Keats was writing this poem, he was struck with tuberculosis. He knew he was going to die, and this was probably the cause of his fascination with the immortality of the nightingale. Basically, the speaker opens the ode by saying that he is in a drowsy numbness. This heartache goes away when he hears the melodious tune of a nightingale. The speaker then wishes for alcohol and wine so he can drink it into the night with the nightingale. In the third stanza we learn of the speaker’s troubles. He wishes that he could fade away, so he would not have to feel the problems that he feels now. He wants to be more like the nightingale: cranking out melodious tunes, while not having a care in the world. He tells the nightingale to go so he can follow it through the woods. The speaker then talks about how he is in love with the idea of dying and he through the woods....
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course BIO 3243 taught by Professor Drem during the Spring '10 term at Amarillo College.
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