Comparing The And Nightingale And The Nightingale

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From Cowper, the forerunner of Romantic poetry to Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, one can see that the image of ‘nightingale’ has been used quite often in Romantic poems. Such a miniscule part of the vastness of nature has captured the attention of many Romantic poets, yet their views on this plain singer can be contrasting. By comparing Charlotte Smith’s ‘To a Nightingale’ and Coleridge’s ‘The Nightingale, A Conversation Poem’, one can see both similarities and differences in how the two poets portray nature and the nightingale while incorporating their own emotions and wishes. The first thing one should note about poems is the form. Both ‘To a Nightingale’ and ‘The Nightingale, A Conversation Poem’ are in iambic pentameter, which gives poems a conversational tone, but Smith uses scheme of Italian sonnet while Coleridge’s poem is in blank verse. One can take note of the contrasting atmosphere portrayed in the poems because of the difference in form, since Smith’s poem, although in sonnet form, is elegy-like. This and the rhyming scheme in sonnets gives her poem a lamenting, restricted voice whereas the melodious free form of Coleridge’s poem makes it more celebrative, more casual for the audience. Such difference in form enables contrasting voices in the poems. Narrative voices in the two poems are slightly similar as both poems are like soliloquys and the two speakers alike note no other sound than the nightingale’s song, showing their focus on the song of nature that
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