A Thing of beauty John Keats
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John Keats (1795-1821) oR British Romantic Period oR Most beloved of all English poets hed 54 poems in total. o Passionate lover of literature and nature. o Died at the age of 25
Stanza 1 A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep The poet tells us the fact that beautiful things give us eternal joy Their loveliness keeps on increasing and never fades away The everlasting beautiful sight of dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. beautiful things is stored in our memory They give us peace like a bower which gives us sleep full of sweet dreams and the peace that we get when we meditate
Stanza 2 Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing A flowery band to bind us to the earth, Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beautv moves away the pall From our dark spirits. All the beautiful memories strengthern our bond with the Earth. That is why the poet feels that everv morning we prepare a wreath of flowers that binds us to the Earth more strongly. Hopelessness, sadness and lack of noble ways are a part of human life. VWe do harm to ourselves by following unhealthy and wicked paths. But in spite of all this, some wonderful sights of nature help us to shed sad and grim thoughts.
Stanza 3 Such the sun, the moon Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon For simple sheep; and such are daffodils With the green world they live in; and clear rills That for themselves a cooling covert make Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake, Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk- rose blooms The poet says that the Sun, the Moon, old and young trees provide shade to sheep The daffodils, the greenery surrounding them, cool water streams which provide respite in the heat of summer and musk-roses blooming in forests All these are eternal sources of joy and pleasure
Stanza 4 And such too is the grandeur of the dooms We have imagined for the mighty dead; lovelv tales that we have heard or There is beauty even in death. He finds beauty in imaginary stories people have about death read: An endless fountain of immortal drink Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink All the beautiful things are like an endless fountain from the heavens
Critical Discussion a The notion of beauty Impermanence of life, Romanticism and nature. R Poetic Devices Metaphor Quiet Bower, Sweet dreams, Immortal drink. Alliteration: Noble Natures, Cooling covert Symbol: Simple Sheep (Refers to Mankind) Imagery: Flowery Bands, Daffodils in the green world, clear rills, endless fountains.
Question Bank ca Explain A thing of beauty i a joy forever o Explain "An endless fountain of immortal drink" o What spreads the pall of despondence over our dark spirits? How is it removed? o Why is "Grandeur" associated with the "mighty dead"? o What pleasure does a beautiful thing give us?Are beautiful things worth treasuring?
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