It can establish a rapport with dead generations or with faery lands. Thus, Keats must rely on his other senses smell, touch, etc. Keats is perhaps the greatest and one of the main representative of the romantic poets belonging to the second generation. He composed this poem at the time when his heart was full of sorrow. He wants to escape the worries and concerns of life, age, and time.
He can't see any of the flowers or plants around him, but he can smell them. Hunt's radicalism and biting pen had landed him in prison in 1813 for libeling Prince Regent. With this awareness, he moves into a higher thematic ground moving from the ache of the beginning through yearning for permanence and eventually exploring the tension so as to balance the transient with the permanent. Of course, Keats immortalizes the bird by thinking of the race of it as the symbol of universal and undying musical voice, which is the voice of nature, and also of ideal romantic poetry, of the world of art and spirit. He is striving for some enduring principle of permanence which he associates with the song of the nightingale. This dualism is to resolve later. Through his friend, Cowden Clarke, whose father was the headmaster at Enfield, Keats met publisher, Leigh Hunt of The Examiner.
The speaker wishes he had a special wine distilled directly from the earth. In Keats' construction, these worlds are only tenuously divided and may in fact overlap. The experience he has had seems so strange and confusing that he is not sure whether it was a vision or a daydream. It can pertain to the genuineness of that thrilling experience which the song had given him. Keats is remarkable for his attention to concrete details in this description of the vintage wine.
It reveals the highest imaginative powers of the poet. The thoughts of sickness, old age and death make him seek an alternative to wine in his search for a supporting aid towing him to the happy sojourn of the nightingale. The darkness may have helped his imagination to flourish and furnish his ideal creation, as well as lending a supernatural air to the poem. To sum up, Keats soars high with his 'wings of poesy' into the world of ideas and perfect happiness. In 1818 he went on a walking tour in the Lake District. Background Information Critics have been divided whether or not Ode to Psyche is as deserving of acclaim as the other Keatsian odes.
The myth then continues on to the staples of Grecian myth: trials, angry gods, and ultimately, a happy ending where Cupid and Psyche end up together. In early 1810, she died of tuberculosis. After her second marriage fell apart, Frances left the family, leaving her children in the care of her mother. Still wouldst thou sing, and I have ears in vain— To thy high requiem become a sod. He completed the work in November of that year and it was published in April 1818. He wants to drink such a wine and fade into the forest with the nightingale. Final Years In 1819 Keats contracted tuberculosis.
Let us go through the summary. After the door opens to other hallways, one is drenched in darkness and does not know where each hallway leads. Cupid, in a panic, flies away from her. It is contrasted, in the third stanza, by the reality of the world around him — sickness, ill-health and conflict. The sweet music of the nightingale sent the poet in rapture and one morning he took his chair from the breakfast table, put it on the grass-plot under the plum tree and composed the poem. The poem, and others, demonstrated a style Keats himself had crafted all his own, one that was filled with more sensualities than any contemporary Romantic poetry. Perhaps even Ruth whose story is told in the Old Testament heard it.
It is what happens in his mind while he is listening to the song of a nightingale. . He cannot see what flowers are growing around him, but from their odor and from his knowledge of what flowers should be in bloom at the time he can guess. He never insists on any thing as much as he might, except a quibble. He would watch sparrows from his window and pick about with them in the gravel.
The speaker's vision is interrupted when the nightingale flies away and leaves him alone. O for a draught of vintage! There she lays with Cupid, and soon becomes pregnant. The pursuit of knowledge, rather than beauty, will detract from an artist's work. Fled is that music:- Do I wake or sleep? The story of Cupid and Psyche goes as thus: there was once a king and queen who had three beautiful daughters. The wine would put him in a state in which he would no longer be himself, aware that life is full of pain, that the young die, the old suffer, and that just to think about life brings sorrow and despair. The youngest of which, Psyche, was the most beautiful, and was considered by many to be the second coming of Aphrodite, which annoyed the real goddess Aphrodite, who commissioned her agent, Cupid for her revenge.