Birds aren’t just IFO’s (Identified Flying Objects)

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In John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, and Percy Shelley’s To A Sky-Lark, both authors use the subject of their poem, a type of bird, to demonstrate the sublime and their craft as poets. Many Romantic poets have used the description of a singing bird as a source of imagination and the sublimity of the natural world. Particularly the spontaneity of a bird’s song reflects the spontaneity that poets, like Shelley, wish to convey through their naturalistic poems.

In Ode to a Nightingale, Keats demonstrates the sublime, in the same manner that Shelley does, by perceiving it rather than sensing it. In stanzas 4 and 5 of Keats’ poem, he mentions things like, “heaven,” “flowers,” and “incense,” yet he states that “there is no light” and he “cannot see.” Through this, Keats is making it clear that he is using his perception of the natural world to take way in his…

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