Ode To A Nightingale By John Keats English Literature Essay

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The persona in the poem is quite worried about old age and the affects it has on the body, this is shown in the line 'where palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs, /where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies. The nightingale is seen as immortal and free from old age and downtrodden by others and is able to fly away into the night high above with the moon and the stars.

The poem is structured as a lyrical ode. An ode is a poem that is written for an occasion or a particular subject and is usually more serious as a form than others forms of poetry.

The poem uses iambic pentameter which is visible on each stanza from the first seven lines and on the last two lines, this makes the reader slow down and process the meaning of the poem and let things sink in more than they would if you were to read it in a fast manner.

Ode to a nightingale takes us through the various emotional states the persona feels as he watches the nightingale; it also shows many of the personas insecurities especially death and old age which is something that afflicts most people. This poem is very intriguing and is polysemic with many meanings. The poem leaves the reader wondering if this experience with the nightingale has changed the persona in any way after having this somewhat out of body experience and will he continue the somewhat sad life he seems to live.

Little Father is a free form poem, this means that there is no rhyming patterns and it is modeled on the rhythms of speech, free form poems speak to us and because it is in a natural speech pattern it is easier to understand than a poem with intricate rhyming patterns.

A common feature of this poem is caesuras. Caesuras make the reader pause and reflect on what has just been said. These are very powerful in poetry because it disrupts the usual flow of poetry and can also set the scene for what is to come.

The poem uses repetition as one of its main conventions especially to remind us that his father will not be forgotten as he uses a metaphor of burying his father as a way of saying he will remember him, "I buried my father in the sky/ I buried my father in the ground/ I buried my father in my heart" all to suggest to the reader that Lee will not forget his father as his memory lives on.

Lee suggests his father will live on not just in soul but in the flesh as he suggests he will see his father in his future son: "Now he grows in me my strange son", he wants his son to continue the legacy that his father was and believes that his fathers spirit will live on in his future son. His son seems to be a manifestation of his father and what he believes would make a good man.

Lee indicates in the poem that his father has entered heaven in the lines: "Since then, my ladders, only climb down and all the earth has become a house whose rooms are the hours, whose doors stand open at evening, receiving guest after guest Sometimes I see past them, to the tables spread for a wedding feast." This indicates that Lee believes his father has entered heaven and that he will sometime join him there.

Little Father is not only a tribute to Lee's father but is also a vow that Lee will not forget his father. The poem centers on the various places that Lee says his father is buried and how his father is being taken care of such as the birds in the sky cleaning and combing him every morning then taking him into bed in the night. When his father is buried underground the earth becomes a house and his father is able to receive guests. Little Father inspires the reader to not just let loved ones that have passed away to be forgotten but to cherish the memories of them and let them live forever in our hearts.