Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brief summary of ‘A thing of beauty’ by John Keats

A thing of Beauty- By John Keats

John Keats, a British romantic poet, has sung to the glory of nature in the poem "A thing of beauty." He says that 'a thing of beauty is a joy forever.' Through this line, Keats tries to assert the permanence of natural beauty. Beauty of nature does not fade away with the passage of time. Rather, 'its loveliness increases' and it continues to give joy to an observer for eternity.

Keats includes celestial objects as well into his definition of nature. According to him, the sun, the moon and even the old withering trees offer permanent pleasure and dispel gloom and despondency from our lives.

The poet also borrows from Greek legends and calls their heroic deeds inspiring and exemplary. He compares their heroism to Ambrosia, an immortal drink containing the elixir of life. Just like Ambrosia makes a person immortal, in the same way, natural beauty and tales of heroism inject fresh life into our bodies. They banish all sorrows, agonies and hopelessness.

-Ritesh Agarwal

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