Written by John Keats in May 1819, Ode to a Nightingale is one of six great Odes that Keats wrote during the most productive year in his life as an English romantic poet. The poem focuses on the narrator who ponders themes of melancholy, human morality, dreams and nature whilst guided by the beautiful song of the forest nightingale. The reading of the poem by Matthew Coulton is accompanied by scenery images provided by Open Spaces, so as to immerse yourself in the environment that the narrator illustrates and celebrate some of the beautiful landscapes owned by the City of London Corporation.
The Keats200 bicentenary is a celebration of Keats’s life, works and legacy, beginning in December 2018 through to February 2021 and beyond. It is led by three major partners – Keats House, Hampstead, The Keats Foundation and the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association – and is open to all individuals and organisations who have an interest in Keats or poetry. The bicentenary of Keats’s most productive years as a poet, and the period when he found inspiration, friendship and love, is an exciting opportunity to (re)discover and enjoy his works as well as engage with poetry and its ongoing relevance to us all today.
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