While some of us read poems, we tend to share a strong relationship and and can relate to some of the things that we read in different poems. Some poems are meant to have a strong tenderness on the reader who is scanning through that story. Poetry is a form of literature that uses rhythmic qualities of everyday language, to put more meaning into the story such as where it is taking place or how the storyline is going to flow throughout the text of the book. The way some of us can understand poetry is the analyzation of the poem, such as the title, structure, sound, language, and imagery of it. Before we can understand a poem as a whole, we have to start with the understanding of the individual words which is what we tend to do in class.
We as a class read different poems from the book “The Norton Introduction to Literature”, which consists with a variety of different poems you can read from, and are asked to write at least a one page response to it and then bring in to class the next day we meet and talk about what we gained while reading that poem. The professor is very detailed when it comes to knowing what the poem we read is about. He is very fluent and cogent about going through the structures of the text such as the rhythm of the poems and what us to get a gentle feel of what that author may be going through in those verses in the poem. Some of the poems in “The Norton Introduction to Literature” that really stood out the most and where some of us can easily find a good similarity and comparison to are the two poems, “Ode to a Nightingale and “Ode on a Grecian Urn.
While reading the titles of these of these two poems, the reader may automatically recognize that they have something in common to share with. The property that is commonly referred to is the term “ode” where it originally was to denote a song and meant to be sung as well. The term ode originally did not have a precise meaning until the Renaissance. Every once in a while, a ode has only been created and from now on, odes have been used to express dignified thoughts. Throughout the times, odes are strictly organized and included on a number of stanzas, and they comprise parts of mythology, nouns, and generalisations. Some favorite structure of the ode are God, nature, art, religion, truth, the enjoyment of life, and fame after death. As we go over these stureurces, these can be used by the odes for various ways of occasional poems. While reading these two poems, we can maily realize that Keats’ odes are more about poetic meditations about ethnicity and everlasting beauty. Some of these odes are connected with mythological others and the rest of them are more focused on the concept of nature. While reading these two poems, the reader can generally get a taste of Keats’ style and flow throughout the stanzas and rhythm of the stories.
Ode to Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn” are both great examples of pictorial quality and sensuousness. There are both similarities and dissimilarities in these odes. Even now and then, people may come out and think these poems may be outdated or too old to review again in a future college or high school class but, I feel like these poems have meaning that many of us can relate too and gain experience on how poetry is really like. There may be some readers that can easily get an idea of what the author may be going through in the poem. Prefely, the poem that I like the most and can get a better clue and understanding on the texture of the story is John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale.” To me, I just understand more on what is really going on in this poem than “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and it is just better for me realize and find out the details of each stanzas in the story.
In the beginning of the poem, it starts out as the speaker starts to feel disoriented from listening to the song of the nightingale, he starts feeling weird and discomfort as if he had just drunk something really strong that got him to the point where he had no control of his part. He felt bittersweet happiness at the thought of the nightingale's carefree life. The speaker wishes that he had a special type of wine that would make him fade into the forest with the nightingale. He wants to escape things that bring such negativity to his life and concerns such as aging, and timing. He uses poetry to join the nightingale's world really deep inside the forest where moonlight can hardly even be reached. He cannot see any lights around him but he can smell them. In the first stanza of the poems he states, “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains, my sense, as though of hemlock and I had drunk, or emptied some dull opiates to the drains” (J. Keats 691), he expresses his unhappiness, saying that is was not envy of the bird’s song of “summer in full throated ease. In this stanzas, you can really get a good clue of what the author is trying to say. He puts it out there in a very detailed matter describing how he is not discontent about the bird’s song.
Another reason I prefer this poem more is on how the author opens up with a declaration of his own heratature. He describes in detail how he feels numb as if someone gave him something that affected him many moments ago. The speaker is addressing a nightingale that he hears singing somewhere in the forest and saids that is “drowsy numbness is not from covetousness of the nightingale's happiness. (J. Keats 691). The flow of each stanza seems to have such a unique flow into it, using extra words to describe how he really feels about whenever the the author is going through something. He seems to use these words so he can put more meaning and anfincy into his sentences. In the third stanza, the author states, “Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget” (J. Keats 691), the poet wishes to “fade away and also wishes to leave all the anxiety and care of his life and also on the fourth stanza where the poet states, Away away! For I will fly to thee” (J. Keats 692), the poet is now then telling the nightingale to fly away because he will now then come on the wings on the “wings of Poesy”.
Now with all of that going on with his imagination, the poet will now try to connect to both his world and all that of the poetic fancy. The poet is suddenly transported in line 35, where he states, Already with thee! Tender is the night…. But here there is no light” (J. Keats 692) but if you really think about is the nightingale only lives in darkness and imagery is only happening at night, the poet may be asleep. On the next couple of stanzas, the poet realizes that the nightingale is not meant for death. He realizes that his voice is eternal as the the bird’s voice as been the same for many ages. Now that the nightingale had raised his spirit, the poet now wonders if he is actually awaken or is dreaming. (J. Keats 693)
Both poems share a more mortal and immortal concept and show that escaping from the real world is never a possibility. In “Ode to a Nightingale”, the world “forlorn” puts the clock back. In Ode to a Grecian Urn”, it is the realization death and speechless silence of the Urn that brings the poet back into reality. The poet on Ode to a Nightingale had a much incomparable experience trying to connect with Nature in the art of his own creation, but felt more upset as he feels disappointment in the maximum of his imagination. This poem expresses a Keats loved the classical world and all that has to do with beauty.
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