The British Romantic movement came in direct response to the industrial revolution. While many focus on many technology and science there some that resistance the change, specially poets. The writers of the second generation romanticism, including John Keats and Percy Shelley prefer instead to turn their attention and focus back to nature. These later poets were drawn to traditional forms of poetry like the Greek ode. In the Keats and Shelley romantic poems, they use the ode to develop insights into life and human nature.
In John Keats Romantic poem “Ode to a Nightingale” the speaker talks to a nightingale about how he is happy for the nightingale’s happiness. He goes on talking to the nightingale about his worries. As he is aging throughout the years he can not control his physical appearance. He feels very miserable that grey hairs are starting to show. In stanza 6, he shows how obsessed he is to death. The speaker says that what will bring enjoyment is to die at midnight while the nightingale sings.
At the end the nightingale flies away and he says goodbye to it. He is later left alone and wonders whether if this was all a dream or was he awake. In Percy Bysshe Shelley Romantic Poem ¨Ode to the West Wind¨ the speaker continues to show emotional expressions to imagination and the primacy of natures work. Throughout the poem the setting shows it to be in the autumn stage of life. He takes that into his personal life and describes it to be like he wants to ¨start over.¨ In stanza 5 ¨Like wither´d leaves to quicken a new birth.
¨ The wind takes on a role of a new life to begin for winter to come. The images of this poem are told by death and nature. The word ¨ode¨ pays respect to a person or thing that the speaker addresses directly. As the poem is being told the image would seem in stanza 4 ¨As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.¨ Loving someone deeply.In Keats “Ode to a Nightingale” and Shelleys “Ode to the West Wind” both are poems that show a lot of inspiration within their poetry.
They both have a main subject and maintain it throughout the poem entirely. The bird in “Ode to a Nightingale” shows it as being a supernatural bird in peace aswell as stressfree. The wind in “Ode to the West Wind” is explained to be an “destroyer and preserver.
Both poets really emphasized the importance of nature in their work.