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In Ode To A Nightingale, Keats wishes to flee the human world and join the bird. His first thought is to reach the birds state through alcohol, in the second stanza he longs for a “draught of vintage” to transport him out of himself. But soon after, he rejects the idea of being “charioted by Bacchus and his pards” and instead chooses to embrace “the viewless wings of poesy,” meaning he prefers to reach the birds state through his poetry as a means of escape rather than alcohol.

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Keats thinks that being as clever as we are is more of a curse as having big brains allows us to see others suffering which upsets us and a big brain also causes us to worry about the consequences of our actions causing huge stress. “Where but to think is to full of sorrow. ” Overall the message is quite clear in both poems. Keats in both poems is telling us about the misery of life, and he escapes this misery by writing poetry. He also tells us how he wants to be immortal in some ways like the Urn and the Nightingales song.

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But in some ways he is immortal as his poems are still widely read through out the world. In both poems Keats uses extensive amounts of imagination and imagery which helps the reader visualise and experience more the state Keats is in. he often uses nature and objects in his poems to create a sense of superiority for them. In both poems we get the feeling that the two tings the urn and the nightingale are in some ways superior to us but Keats also realises how being static isn’t as good as it may seem.

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