The Literary Techniques Used To Evoke The World Of Senses In Keats Odes

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Imagery is a primary literary technique a poet uses to capture the readers or listeners senses. We gain comprehension of the world through the use of our sense. Therefore, how the reader perceives a poem is always the most important aspect every poet considers whilst writhing. The images of a poem have the ability to appeal of each of our senses, taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight can all be heightened by certain aspects of poetry. The imagery of a poem has the ability to transport us into a different place or time, allowing the reader to experience new observations. When used correctly, imagery has the ability to form an understanding of different emotions the poet tries to address through their poetry. The sounds and diction incorporated into a piece also plays a role of major importance. The use of similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification and countless other forms of literary techniques, all add a sensual feeling and experience to poetry in an assortment of ways. In the Odes of John Keats we are witness to an extensive use of literary techniques. Keats uses a variety of approaches in order to evoke the world of senses throughout his poetry. His Odes ‘on Indolence’ and ‘to Psyche’, ’a Nightingale’, ‘To Autumn’ and ‘Ode on Melancholy’ all demonstrate Keats amazing ability to arouse the senses of his readers with his diverse and vast use of literary and poetic techniques.
In Keats “Ode to a Nightingale” we see the sense embodied through a variety of different literary techniques and in particular his use of synaesthesia imagery. The dejected downhearted nature of the poem promotes emotion in the reader even before noting poetic devices at work. The structure of the meter is regular and adds to the depth of this poem. Throughout this piece the use of onomatopoeia creates an appeal to the aural sense; “The murmurous haunt of flies” in stanza five has the reader hear what the poet describes. Likewise in the first stanza we gain access to the “melodious” sounds of the nightingale’s song as it sweeps trance like through the poem. The use of assonance within the sixth stanza lure’s the sense of hearing through the stressing of vowel sounds. The use of sound also demonstrates the poet oppressed and disheartened mood, the long, stressed vowel sounds in the fourth stanza reflect this dejected nature in the poet, and suggest sounds of moaning or groaning in the reader’s aural sense, “Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.” In the fourth stanza combinations of images address the sense of touch by the onomatopoeia describing”the breezes blown”, and sight from the lack of luminous features, “But here there is no light”. In stanza two a combination of all the sense’s are addressed in one form or another through the use of vivid imagery. The reader is moved by the “Dance”, while they listen to the “Provencal song”, feeling the “sunburnt mirth”. The taste buds and subject to a tepid sensation, “O for a beaker full of the warm South”....

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