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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Keats’s “Coming Muskrose” AND SHAKESPEARE’S “PROFOUND VERDURE” (1983)

Keats’s “Coming Muskrose” AND SHAKESPEARE’S “PROFOUND VERDURE” (1983)

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(p.58) Four Keats’s “Coming Muskrose” AND SHAKESPEARE’S “PROFOUND VERDURE” (1983)
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Imaginative Transcripts
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Willard Spiegelman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0004

This chapter criticizes English Romantic poet John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale and the relevant works of English poet William Shakespeare. It aims to explain the meaning of the phrase “coming musk-rose” and discusses the linguistic and botanical oddities in the fourth stanza. It suggests that Keats figuratively heard nightingales and smelled the rose simultaneously and that the flower and the bird in his poem copartners with Shakespeare's fairy crew in the mysteries of Keats' imagination.

Keywords:   poetry criticism, An Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats, William Shakespeare, linguistic oddities

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