John Keats (1795-1821)
Things to Consider:
- Negative Capability
- Egotistical Sublime
- Role of Nature
- Role of Art
- Why did Keats abandon medicine for poetry?
"Ode to a Nightingale" (1819)
- What, according to the editors, are "the distinctive
qualities of the work of Keats's maturity" (477)?
- How does this poem compare with Percy Shelley's "To a
- What is hemlock (2)? Why does the speaker feel as if
he has drunk it?
- What does the speaker long to forget?
- Why "seems it rich to die" (55)?
- Explain: "The fancy cannot cheat so well / As she
is fam'd to do" (73-4).
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" (1819)
- How does this poem compare to Shelley's "Ode to the West
- Why are unheard melodies sweeter than heard ones (11-12)?
- Explain: "She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy
bliss, / For ever wilt thou love and she be fair" (19-20).
- Explain: "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is
all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know" (49-50).
Other Discussion Questions:
"Ode to a Nightingale"
- What is Lethe (4)?
- What is vintage (11)?
- What is the "blushful Hippocrene" (16)?
- Who is Ruth (66)?