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Ode on Melancholy
Ode on Melancholy
by John Keats

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(4) Base Camp

There's some tough vocabulary and allusions to classical mythology here that could easily trip the unwary, but the basic message and subject matter—melancholy and depression—is something that most readers can relate to in some way or another. So with your handy Shmoop guide, this is poetic peak is definitely climbable.

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