Ode to a Nightingale

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A poem by Keats, written 1819, published 1820.

Keats's friend Charles Brown relates that a nightingale had nested near his house in Hampstead (now known as Keats House), and that one morning Keats sat under a plum‐tree in the garden composing his Ode. The poem is a meditation on the immortal beauty of the nightingale's song and the sadness of the observer, who must in the end accept sorrow and mortality.

Subjects: Literature.

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John Keats (1795—1821) poet

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