My Back Pages: Scent and Sound in John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”

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When I was writing my recent review of LUSH’s Tender is the Night massage bar (scented with jasmine, ylang ylang, and vanilla!) I looked up John Keats’s poem “Ode to a Nightingale” in order to refresh my memory about the phrase that gives this product its name. Well, LUSH actually names F. Scott Fitzgerald as the source, but he was borrowing from Keats!

“…tender is the night,
         And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
                Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays…”

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