Poetry & Immortality: John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale'
May 12, 2015
What is Keats' poem about, and why is it one of the greatest poems ever written? http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/poetry-immortality-john-keats-ode-to-a-nightingale
'Thou wast not born for Death! immortal bird/ No hungry generations tread thee down.' Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale' contains these curious lines. How can a bird be 'immortal'? The poem is partly about immortality, but how does its complex poetic web work?
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