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Ode to a Nightingale

Ode to a Nightingale

by John Keats

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Some of Keats's contemporaries, including the famous Lord Byron, spread the rumor that Keats died after reading bad reviews of his poetry. In fact, he died of tuberculosis. (Source)

Keats had originally intended to become a doctor, but he gave up this dream and quickly fell into debt. Maybe his interest in drunkenness in this poem is, um, purely medical. (Source)

A major motion picture about Keats's love affair with Fanny Brawne debuted at the famous Cannes film festival in May, 2009. Score one for poetry-themed plotlines! (Source)

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