When we first started analyzing this poem, the only thing I could focus was on the title of the poem. This piece of literature is called an”Ode” which means “a lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular meter.” This ode talks about melancholy, and how to deal with it. It also talks about suicidal and negative thoughts. We could say John Keats wants to advise the reader about what melancholy can cause.
As I said in the previous paragraph I was
very interested in the title of the poem, and the reason is that I knew a song that is called “Ode to Melancholy” by a band called Twenty One Pilots. This band is very particular because it has a very different sound to a lot of musicians nowadays, and they also tend to address taboo themes in their songs, like mental health issues.
This is the song:
Their song “Ode to Sleep” talks about death and depression. The songwriter of this song, Tyler Joseph, talks about bad thoughts and how when he goes to sleep a lot of his thoughts turn to demons which torment him. In Christianity, it is believed that these bad thoughts are demons. And it is also believed that demons torment people who are a threat to them. So we could say, Tyler has trouble with demons because he is an instrument of good.
“But I’ll tell them
Why won’t you let me go?
Do I threaten all your plans?
All throughout the song he tells god, he can’t support the torments of these demons, and he questions his existence. “Please tell them you have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire
What have I become?
I’ll tell them”
And at the end of the song, it ends with an “I’m sorry” so he is telling God he is sorry because he has realized what his purpose in life is. He discovers that he has to spread positivity to everyone, and he has to address this issues for the world to be a better place.
I could relate this song to Keats poem because John is an instrument of good like Tyler. In his poem, Keats addresses melancholy and sadness and he tries to advise the reader how to avoid feeling sad, and how to deal with melancholic thoughts, like Tyler does in a lot of his songs.