John Keats (1795-1821) was one of the most innovative poets of the Romantic movement, and ‘Ode To A Nightingale’ is filled with the things the Romantics loved best: emotion, nature, death, and, in this case, drug use. It’s one of six ‘Odes’ composed by Keats in 1819 as a new variety of short(ish) lyric poem. Of the other five the best known today are probably ‘Ode On A Grecian Urn’ and one of my personal favourites, ‘To Autumn’. Continue reading “Poems You Should Know: ‘Ode To A Nightingale’ by John Keats”
I’ve never been one of those people who ‘hates’ a particular season. Instead I enjoy the variety brought by the turning of the year: the cold winter frosts; the moist burgeoning of spring; and the intense heat of summer. My particular favourite, however, is gorgeous, golden autumn, with its days of cold, clear crispness, or cool, damp decay; its abundance of fruit and vegetables; and its sense of measured preparation for the colder months to come.
It is autumn now in New Zealand, and so, here in the Treasure Trove, is To Autumn, by the Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821).