Victorian Period

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Romantic period analysis
The beauty of nature and its ability to set you free, the powers of imagination, individuality and a rebellion to tyranny are some of the ideas the romantic period brought to society’s attention. While rejecting neoclassical views of order, reason, tradition, society and formal diction. Romanticism allowed people to get away from the constrained rational views of life and concentrate on an emotional and sentimental side of humanity. The definition of poetry by William Wordsworth, (an important poet of the romantic period) exemplifies the importance of emotion and the individual, stating “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” It was the publication of a collection of poems by
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Romantic escapism is an extremely important element of John Keats’ poetry, serving as a foundation for many of his poems. In the “ode to a Nightingale” he is pouring out his thoughts and is longing for escape from the world full of strife, sadness and grief.
The recurrence of this theme in his poems is actually not only a part of romanticism, but also greatly a result of his personal unfortunate experiences in life. This painful experience in life is what makes him somewhat pessimistic and compels him to resort to the option of “escapism” through his poetry ("KEATS ' PROJECTION OF ROMANTIC ESCAPISM").

The poem Ode to a nightingale begins with the narrator saying he feels a drowsy numbness but the feeling is not from jealousy of the nightingale’s happiness because the narrator rejoices in the song. While listening to and appreciating the sweetly sung song of the nightingale, Keats too, wishes to become like her so that he can fly away from the cruel world that has given him nothing else but pain. “That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, and with thee fade away into the forest dim.” (Keats 1006) Through the use of the nightingale, a very real living creature in nature, Keats has provided us with both a real bird and a symbol of the immortality that is nature. Nature, in its never-ending cycle of life and death, achieves its own kind of immortality. This is something that men will never achieve. The bird is