The Nightingale

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  • The Nightingale
  • Themes
    • Nature
    • Art and Culture
    • Sadness
    • Transformation
  • Definitions:
    • melancholy
      • a feeling of pensive sadness
      • philomela
        • greek mythological figure who's connected to Nightingale's
  • melancholy = a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
  • Melancholy in Coleridge's time related to a form of depression which was romanticised to the end that many writers gained credit from a melancholy tone.
  • "It is a vision that reaches towards a consistent philosophy of mans harmonious place in nature."
  • Richard Holmes
  • It is argued that the poem consistently alludes to and sustains a debate with Milton.
  • Fred Randal
  • Blank verse
  • "old mossy bridge!"
  • "And hark! the nightingale begins its song"
  • "'Most musical and most melancholy' bird!"
  • "In nature there is nothing melancholy"
  • "Poet who hath been building up the rhyme"
  • "Should make all Nature lovelier, and itself // Be loved like Nature!"
  • "A most gentle maid"
  • "Glides through the pathways, she knows all their notes"
  • "To make him Nature's play-mate"


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