Friday Poem – A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)


This week’s poem is “Endymion” by John Keats (1795-1821) an English romantic poet and one of the main figures of the 2nd generation romantic poets alongside Lord butterflyByron and Percy Bysse Shelley.

The first line of this poem is extremely well-known and the poem itself is very descriptive and vivid. The meaning behind the poem is for people to realise true beauty and not just go by outward appearances, and then capture it with memories, photographs and other means, in order to remember for ever what was once.

A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)

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
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
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-darkn’d 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;
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

 

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