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initially ambivalent while meditating on the nightingale’s song. He

shifts his stance three times and, at the end of the poem, the narrating

poet cannot clearly say whether he prefers the bird’s realm to his

mundane world or not. Keats’s indeterminacy displays an ambivalent

poetic identity.

Key Words


Keats, lyric narrative, poetic identity, “Ode to Psyche”,

“Ode to a Nightingale”