Connatural Vision, Varied Percepion: A Comparative Study of John Keats’s Ode To Nightingale And P.B. Shelley’s Ode To A Skylark
Keats and Shelley belong to the same age in the history on English Literature. Keats and Shelley share similar thoughts and imagination. The themes of Keats’ and Shelley’s poetry are romantic in nature. Keats is the greatest writer of odes. His odes fascinate the attention of the readers to a greater extent. The greatest quality of Keats’ odes is their unity of expression. Shelley’s odes include a climatic moment, an instant overwhelmed feel. His odes articulate an aesthetic philosophy through the metaphors of nature. Shelley treats natural objects as objects of supreme qualities. This paper attempts a comparative study of John Keats’ Ode to Nightingale and Shelley’s Ode to a Skylark. The natural object, that has instilled inspiration in to the minds of the poets, is the same but they hold a varied perception, which is evident in their odes. Both Keats and Shelley were interested in nature. Both the poets have awakened sensibilities to read beauty even in their minute details of nature. Keats and Shelley hold different conceptions of poetry. For Keats poetry is an artistic creation expressed in fine excess, for Shelley Poetry is a medium to express a message to mankind.