In the poems by John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, their poems are based on nature and natural beauty. Using different literary devices in each poem, they compare themselves to human life. Symbolism is also a big part of these poems because they use certain things that mean something important. Both “Ode to the Nightingale” and “Ode to the West Wind” have some similarities and differences. In Keats’ and Shelley’s Romantic poems, “Ode to the Nightingale” is written about death and “Ode to the West Wind” is written upon life.
In John Keats’, “Ode to the Nightingale,” the narrator is faced with a realization that he will die at some point in his life, and he will have to deal with the mental and physical downswing that comes with it. He is frustrated because he is listening to a Nightingale sing on a tree branch, and understands that the bird is too narrow minded to comprehend that it will die or have to go through any kind of misery emotionally. In this poem, Keats emphasizes the way the quality of life diminishes as we age. He talks about life as if it was a place, saying things like, “where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;” and “where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,”. In Ode to the West Wind the theme of the story is about nature and how it symbolizes life within the poem. In the beginning the author writes about the winds of Autumn and how the leaves could show how life is simple.
The author emphasizes the word forlorn meaning lonely or abandoned saying oh hear, referring to his spirit being lonely. The author constantly compares themselves to be part of nature full of life but having no one near. Characterizes him as a “dead leaf thou mightest bear,” basically saying that he feels in a way part of nature. In conclusion, the poem by John Keats and the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, both compare and contrast in their own ways. They both compare nature to the way of life.
As stated in the paragraphs above,but they have a difference in the way they view life. In John Keats poem he focuses on negativity and death. In shelley’s poem he focuses on living, his spirit, and how he compares himself to nature.
They both us nature and the things around them to emphasize the theme of the poem.That’s how the two poems are similar and how they are different