Pun and Apostrophe in Keats’ “Ode to Nightingale”


Help me find out apostrophe and pun in Keats’ “Ode to Nightingale?”


In the very first stanza, you would definitely have noticed that the speaker directly addresses nightingale. This literary device is known as apostrophe, in which a speaker talks to something or someone that is not present on the spot.

In its final stanza, poet has made pun with the words “sole” meaning self and also it is pun of the word “soul,” thus here giving “soul self” means some spiritual importance.