Ode to a Nightingale
by John Keats
Ode to a Nightingale Transience Quotes
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Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades
Past the near meadows, over the still stream, (lines 75-76)
When the spell of his vision is broken, the speaker must leave the fragrant, frozen midnight world of the nightingale and return to the real world, where it's just another sunny day. The flight of the nightingale is the height of nature's transience. Just when the speaker was starting to get into a groove, too.