Keats Essay

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Keats succeeds in escaping reality in 'Ode to a Nightingale'. To what extent do you agree? In the poem, Ode to a Nightingale, Keats explores the escapism of reality using several different methods. Throughout the poem he expresses his desire to “leave the world unseen”. However he doesn't ever truly succeed in escaping his reality. Firstly he attempts to escape reality through drink. “O for a draught of vintage!” He continues on in this stanza to describe his feelings for wine and how he believes that he can drink away his sorrows with a “purple-stained mouth”. We as the readers begin to believe he really can evade reality with alcohol while he listens to the nightingale sing. “And with thee fade away into the forest dim”. In this quote he is beginning to feel as if the drink really is helping him to fade away into the forest around him. However his euphoria from the wine doesn't last very long, soon he is feeling very bitter at the world around him “where but to think is to be full of sorrow”. He realises he wants to escape this world where “palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs”. Here he uses short, simple words to describe how depressed the world makes him, emphasising his desire to escape the world. As the illusion of being able to escape reality using alcohol fades, he realises he can try another method of trying to evade the world. “Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards”. Here Keats uses the God of wine to explain that he cannot or was not escaping reality through alcohol's influences. In the third stanza Keats begins to explore the use of poetry, “on the viewless wings of poesy”. In this quote he expresses how he believes that poetry has no limits, and so he could possibly escape reality. He believes he should 'feel' rather than think. “Thought the dull brain perplexes and retards” He feels as if he leaves his conscious mind behind and poetry

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