He reconciles them by a prior imaginative acceptance of the unity of experience, by means of which he invests them with a common extremity and intensity of feelirtg. The ideal lies in completeness. I endeavour to post articles on the core and important areas of English literature to help the students to understand and assimilate them precisely and correctly without confusion. Ode to a Nightingale This ode was inspired after Keats heard the song of a nightingale while staying with a friend in the country. The fact that fancy cannot cheat so well is not a rejection of imagination but part of the total experience. The death-wish in the ode is a passing but recurrent attitude toward a life that was unsatisfactory in so many ways. Florence rebelled against her family and was determined to serve our society.
No joy is everlasting in the life of man. The combination of forest greens, golden yellows, faint blues, and grays, combined with the lack of any bright colors, gives the painting a more neutral look. In contrast Keats sense of sight allows him to become captivated with the urn. Dwelling amidst the darkness of the trees in a forest, it sings unconstrained. The ode to a nightingale according to me is an amalgamation of an attempt to escape from the sorrows of life and an acceptance of the human conditions accompanied by human suffering. It shows that Greek mythology had a deep hold on the mind of the poet.
The bird is not alienated from Nature, but wholly merged in Nature. He was also perhaps thinking of the premature death of Elizabeth Taylor. Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget What thou among the leaves hast never known, The weariness, the fever, and the fret Here, where men sit and hear each other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last gray hairs, Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies; Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-eyed despairs, Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes, Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow. This is a principle of reaching at the true experience of melancholy via the opposite. Greek and Roman mythology were inspiration for his poetry. He could not suppress it. Its romanticism is due to a its rich sensuousness, b its note of intense desire and its deep melancholy, c its suggestiveness, d its sweet music, and its fresh and original phrases.
Keats feels intoxicated with the song. Dwelling amidst the darkness of the trees in a forest, it sings unconstrained. It is mostly about a melancholic figure that seems to find a little solace when hearing a Nightingale sing. Nature is, indeed, the real norm, Nature as it appears to the romantic imagination; wholeness and intensity are attributes of Nature, as are freedom, ease, spontaneity, harmony, and sobriety. The voice of the nightingale which he now hears is perhaps the same as was heard in ancient times by emperor and clown, the same as was heard by the miserable Ruth as she stood in the alien corn. Everyone loves the great images and structures that the artists portray in their art work. My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness,— 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.
This poem has a large amount of description in it, with a large proportion of description to Lamia. But, he finds both problem and remedy in the same object. This is a richly sensuous stanza with its references to gaiety and merrymaking, the cool wine, the dancing, the blushful wine with its bubbles winking at the brim. The poet is drowsy and numb, as if he had taken hemlock or opiates both medicinal sedatives , or been immersed in the Lethe, the river of forgetfulness in Greek myth. Through his acceptance of death, Keats demonstrates pessimism due to his physical and emotional pain.
Nay, he needs not the aid of Bacchus. The reality of life, which it is made up of such inextricable opposites, is to be favored above a one-sided quest for temporary pleasure, oblivion or masochistic search for melancholy. I want to try and take a look at three individual pieces of art belonging to the same style and era. The poem itself is very unhappy; Keats is stunned at the happiness of the bird, and despairs at the difference between it and its happiness and his own unhappy life. More than 20ty books are published.
Thus the mood of ecstasy with which the poem had opened changes here into a mood of deep pessimism and despair. To experience true melancholy then one must rather stimulate all senses. This desire for depth shows a morbidity in the poet. Imaginative minds can have a momentary flight into the fanciful world. In this canto he is describing his suicidal tendencies. Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep? He need not give equal attention to both, for the actual can take care of itself; it is the trail ideal which requires support. The goal of the nurse should be to help patients retain their own vitality by meeting their basic needs through control of the environment.
However it is not out of envy of the joy in the bird's song but because he is too happy that he wishes to numb his senses. Medieval elements and romances and Arthurian legends were incorporated into his poetry. This is a world where men sit and hear each other groan, where palsy shakes the few last hair of aged people, where young people fall a prey to fatal diseases like tuberculosis , where merely to think is to become sorrowful, and where beauty and love are short-lived. At this stage in the poem, the poet is trying to escape from the reality, and experience the ideal rather than complement one with the other. Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird! He cannot but remember the song and its beauty. Regardless of a piece's simplicity or complexity, our appreciation and enjoyment of it is closely related to our capacity to understand its form and feel the emotional message it conveys.
He thinks that the bird lives in a place of beauty. They both reflect some of the concerns in its context. The poet realises that the ultimate form of escape from the troubles of life would be death. Although he does not welcome death, he is able to come to terms with reality and accept the fact that death is inevitable and will come to every living thing. It is not the particular nightingale he had heard singing in the garden that he speaks about in the poem, but a type of the race imagined as singing in some far-off scene of woodland mystery and beauty.
The solitary state of the existence of the captive princess reminds the poet that of his own, the unbridgeable distance between the poet and the nightingale. Or do you take to bamboo to eschew the ballyhoo? This signifies that the song, a thing of beauty lasts forever and perhaps possesses the power of introducing one to a world of fantasy. Keats begins by urging for poison and wine, and then desires for poetic and imaginative experience. The romantic poets emphasized on emotions, they believed in the power of imagination and experimented with new ideas and concepts. The poem was inspired by the song of a nightingale, which the poet heard in the gardens of his friend Charles Brown.