Summary of John Keats’ A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty is written by John Keats. It is an excerpt from his long poem ‘Endymion’. According to the poet, a thing of beauty is a source of joy forever.

Summary

The poet, John Keats, was a nature-lover who loved beauty in any form. He expresses his love for beautiful objects saying that they are a source of eternal joy and pleasure. Their beauty keeps on increasing with the passage of time and it doesn’t fade away. Rather its memory is imprinted in our min and keeps us cool and quiet which in turn leads to a sound sleep full of sweet dreams. This sound sleep brings mental peace and keeps us healthy too.

Every morning, we wreathe a garland i.e., a flowery band that keeps us attached and connected to the earth. Human beings face many disappointments in their life due to the scarcity of noble human beings or by following the unhealthy path of negative thoughts. Still, there comes a ray of hope when we look at the same beautiful object as it takes away the covering of negativity from one’s mind and fills it with optimism. This helps us shed sadness in our minds.

The bountiful nature is full of beautiful objects like the sun, the moon, trees whether old or young which provide shade to everyone, the daffodils which bloom in the forests, the clear streams which provide a cooling effect in the area where they are found against the hot season and make everyone feel comfortable. The mid forest ferns and musk roses also have the same effect on us and give us mental peace and calmness.

John Keats now describes the literary beauty, the beauty which is found in the tales of the mighty and powerful people who are no more in this world now. The stories of their bravery, which we have heard or read, inspire us to be brave and courageous like those people. All the beautiful things have been compared to the immortal drink which is being poured to us straight from heaven.

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