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Ode to a Nightingale The poem Ode to a Nightingale is John Keatss focus on the Nightingales joyful state of being and his ability to identify and with the creature but also at the same time achieves the feeling of separation from the bird In stanza one the reader can depict the symbol of happiness through the nightingale A fine example shown in text that illustrates the birds happiness to an extent as a drug is seen through line 8 in the poem Here the narrator says My sense as though of hemlock I had drunk this line describes the birds singing and presence as a drug which enables the narrator to enter a trance of happiness and delight With the first passage of the poem the reader can note the rhythm scheme to be AB A B C D C D E F This rhythm schemes attendance with that of alliteration make the poem flow within the readers tongue and facilitate that trance of thought and dreamy like state This is followed by the diction in the poem which consists of long vowel sounds and as seen in line 11 were draught and vintage have a somewhat deep but pleasing sound of assurance and cheerfulness In the third stanza the narrator takes a turn from all of this happiness to a somewhat sorrow tone back to the real world away from the nightingales beautiful voice Its interesting to see how the narrator recalls his brothers death through line 26 this serves as a flashback in the poem Where youth grows pale and specter-thin and dies this reminds the narrator of his Tom his brothers death and immediately finishing his dream At the same time the narrator is recalling his brothers death he again remembers the birds happiness and almost actually chooses to fly with it this seems to be the point at which the poem takes its turn
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