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Escaping from everyday burdens is what all individuals attempt to do during rough periods of life John Keats does just that in his poem Ode To A Nightingale The song of the nightingale makes the reader wish to escape from the dreariness of reality into another realm filled with bliss Keatssucceeds in escaping to the world of the nightingale The world fully symbolizesa place of imagination Keats uses great detail in figurative image to take the reader along with him on his journey to another realm The creative similies and metaphors are used with deep comparison which help to portray a vivid picture to the reader Keats tempts to escape from the busy painful world by the ineffablerequiem of the nightingaleInglis 127 He no longer wants to face the dailytrials of life Through his clear use of textured words the image is easily understood allowing the reader to go along with Keats on his excursion filledwith fantasy The perfect bliss lasts for sometime then he once again is facedwith reality His reality is a world where life is dark and beauty dies Stanzas 1-10 of the poem refer to when the poet starts to drif away by the song of the nightingale Keats finds the opening to another realm through his deep pain 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 the Lethe-wards had sunkThe terrible pain that is present within Keats is evident from the very beginning of the poem The song of the nightingale takes him into a trance that totally submerges him He mentions hemlock and opiate both are sedatives which alter the mind The recognition of sedatives awakens the reader to acknowledge
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