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John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” — a lecture by Professor Belinda Jack

What is Keats’ poem about, and why is it one of the greatest poems ever written? ‘Thou wast not born for Death! immortal bird/ No hungry generations tread thee down.’ Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ contains these curious lines. How can a bird be ‘immortal’? The poem is partly about immortality, but how does its complex poetic web work?