Endymion by john keats analysis

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Endymion: A Poetic Romance by John Keats

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A Poetic Romance excerpt. Although he died at the age of twenty-five, Keats had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in
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Endymion, Book I, [A thing of beauty is a joy for ever]

This phrase is a clear assertion that beautiful things give unending pleasure. We can understand it by interpreting it, as all beautiful things give happiness throughout our lifetime. For example, if a person dies, it does not mean that all beautiful things with him will die. A beautiful thing never ceases to exist, and gives happiness to the next generation. The use of this phrase is widely applicable. We find its usage almost in every area of life. In everyday life, when great people die, their great achievements make them powerful figures to inspire others through their noble works, even after their deaths.

John Keats In Endymion, the title character also searches for the source of the joy and due to his discontentment he faces different situations. In Endymion Keats takes and embellishes a tolerably familiar story from the Greek mythology, he learnt in Chapman's Homer and through another retelling of the stories available to him. Each book is preceded by a traditional kind of introduction - as Milton uses in Paradise Lost - in which Keats generalizes upon the experience before moving into his story. Book I then describes the isle of Latmos of which the young Endymion is lord; its most beautiful, fleet, manly and strong figure and the people assembling to celebrate the rites of Fan in a formal and for the later Keats, too preparatory ode, acclaiming the 'ripen'd fruitage', the chuckling linnet' and 'summer completion. He determines to search for her on hearing a disembodied whisper which encourages him in the deepest forest. In Book 2 he ranges the land until, guided again by the voice, he ventures into a strange vaulted world, an immeasurable distance below ground, where he stumbles on strange visions of Cupid, of Adonais lover of Venus, and is blessed by Venus, goddess of love.

The first book of “Endymion” by John Keats consists of three stanzas which can be split into smaller sections for a simpler analysis. The poem is constructed with .
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It begins with the line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". Endymion is written in rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter also known as heroic couplets. Keats based the poem on the Greek myth of Endymion , the shepherd beloved of the moon goddess Selene. The poem elaborates on the original story and renames Selene "Cynthia" an alternative name for Artemis. It starts by painting a rustic scene of trees, rivers, shepherds, and sheep. The shepherds gather around an altar and pray to Pan , god of shepherds and flocks.

But what is more essential, is that it constitutes itself, as poem, as a text of melancholy by defining itself fundamentally, at the outset, as the field of a tension between two spaces alien to each other, say that of silence and that of speech. Melancholy is no longer a sadness without a cause, but a sadness with a secret cause, which is the loss of a primordial object, a loss with which the self cannot come to terms:. O thou, whose mighty palace roof doth hang From jagged trunks, and overshadoweth Eternal whispers, glooms, the birth, life, death Of unseen flowers in heavy peacefulness; And through whole solemn hours dost sit, and hearken The dreary melody of bedded reeds— In desolate places, where dank moisture breeds The pipy hemlock to strange overgrowth; Bethinking thee, how melancholy loth Thou wast to lose fair Syrinx Unsignifiable, it is not, therefore, a love object properly speaking i. Keats launches it as a kind of rite of entry, as a speaking or writing ritual, by displacing its object from the theme of the forthcoming narrative i.

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