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Ode to a Nightingale

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Sydney Mumford

on 19 September 2014

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Transcript of Ode to a Nightingale

Stanza 1
"My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness,
That thou, light-wingèd Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease."
Summary
His heart feels like he has drunk poison, making him feel woozy and like his body is paralyzed. This makes him feel like he is sinking. He becomes very envious of the nightingale because he feels like dying while the bird is so happy.
Figurative Devices
Similie-
"my sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk" comparing what he is feeling to being paralyzed

Metaphor-
"that thou, light-winged dryad of the trees" comparing a Dryad of the trees to a Nightingale

Imagery-
"singest of summer in the full-throated ease" creates a picture of summer
Feelings
Numbness
Aching
Drowsiness
Breath-taking pain (mentally)
Depression
Sorrow
Grief
Hidden Jealousy
Nightingale: happy, relaxed, free, small (light winged)
Setting: summer, beach
Word definitions
Hemlock-
a highly poisonous plant that makes you feel paralyzed

Opiate-
a drug

Lethe wards-
greek word for 'oblivion' or 'forgetfulness'

Dryad-
a nymph inhabiting a forest or tree

Beechen-
consisting or made of wod of the beech tree

Numberless-
too many to be counted
Ode to a Nightingale
by John Keats
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