John Keats, born in London in the year 1795 and died at the young age of 25 due to illness. He is a romantic poet. Today, his poems are one of the most sought-after creations in English literature. The above-given poetry is an excerpt from his poem, -Endymion : A poetic Romance-(1818), considered to be an epic poem. A Thing of Beauty is a poem taken from the poem “Endymion – a poetic romance”.

John Keats
John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its lovliness increases; it will never

pass into nothingness.

A Thing of Beauty

Summary

This poem is based on Greek mythology about a shepherd named Endymion, his quest for his love Diana and how in his quest, he falls in love with an Earthly maiden, who later turns out to be Diana herself.

The poet says that a beautiful thing is a source of endless joy. It has eternal beauty which never fades away. A beautiful thing is like a shady shelter that gives us a sleep Full of sweet dreams, good health, and relaxation.

Our attachments to the Earthly things are like a flowery wreath. They are traps that bind us to materialistic things and keep us away from eternal happiness. The Earth is full of hatred, greed, and negativity. According to the poet, the gloom and sadness caused by this negativity fade away with the positive vibes of the beautiful things that surround us.

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Continued…

The poet lists out some of the beautiful things that surround us. As the saying goes -“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. He says that the numerous creations of God like the Sun which gives us energy, the moon’s beauty, the trees which give us shade are the natural beauties around us. The various animals like the sheep that surround us make our world lively. The pretty flowers like daffodils make the world green and lively. The flowing streams of water cool and refresh us in the hot summer season. The forests which are full of the pretty musk rose flowers are a beautiful sight to the eye. All these are the things of beauty.

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Its loveliness increases, it will never

Pass into nothingness, but will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

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 beauty moves away the pall

From our dark spirits.

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;

And such too is the grandeur of the dooms                    

We have imagined for the mighty dead;

All lovely tales that we have heard or read;

An endless fountain of immortal drink,

Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink

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