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Shelleys To a Skylark is very structured and rhythmical having the end of a line rhyming with the second line after it for example heart 4 and art 5 This happens on every stanza with the majority of the time there is two sets of these rhyming pairs This is not the stereotypical romantic poem full of chaos and disorder as there is a lot of order and structure in this poem enabling rhyme and melody 35 to shine though Keats Ode to a Nightingale has a first impression of more length and more chaos but it also has an underlying sense of order with most lines numbering ten syllables Shelley responds to bird song very positively to begin with starting with a Hail 1 almost a salute the blithe spirit 1 the joyous spirit It is as if it is something angelic which is confirmed when Shelley remarks that a bird thou never wert 2 The angelic idea is corroborated when he says that the bird is from heaven 3 this also showing a sense of awe towards the bird and its song In comparison Keats seems very gothic and negative in feeling full of his own self pity He begins with the negative statement of how his heart aches 1 which could be generally his life not just towards the poem and the bird as he was surrounded by death being a medical student and with his mother dead and his brother recently dead despite Keats attempts He talks of suicide by hemlock 2 poison and of the after-life lethwards had sunk 4 He perhaps wants to follow his bother to death and is feeling quite depressed He has perhaps taken the stance of jealousy towards the bird and its song as Keats suggests that it is possible to be too happy in thine own happiness 6 proposing that the bird is smug This is all a sharp contrast to Shelleys
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