A Thing of Beauty explanation

A Thing of Beauty is a poem written by the famous romantic poet, John Keats. The poem tells about how nature and its wonder mesmerize us and take away all the sorrow that surrounds us from time to time. The following explanation might aid you in understanding this exceptional piece of work in poetry.



A beautiful thing is a source of eternal joy, its attractiveness grows with the passage of time and its impact never fades away. It is as pleasant as a cool quiet bower or sound sleep with sweet dreams; or robust health and mental peace. It provides the beholder with a haven of tranquility and solace.

It is the beauty of nature that keeps us attached to this earth. Every morning we collect fresh lovely flowers and prepare garlands. The fascination for flowers is our bonding with the earth. It helps us steer clear of despondency and disappointments. We forget all our despair, of acute shortage of noble souls, of misfortunes that overtake us to test our forbearance. Life is full of trials and tribulations and we often find ourselves in the midst of gloom. It is at such depressing moments that a sight full of beauty dispels the pall of sadness from our spirits making room for hope and optimism.

The objects of beauty are countless. These include heavenly bodies like the sun and the moon, the old and young trees that provide cool shelter to sleep, the daffodil flowers encased in green leaves, the streams that flow through a shady passage which they make themselves with plants, and the bushes that bear fragrant flowers. These simple and even commonplace things lift the human spirit filling it with joy and delight. In addition to these objects of nature, there are wonderful tales of our legendary heroes, who lived and died heroically, which inspire us with their matchless beauty. These beautiful things are metaphorically an endless source of nectar that pours down to us from heaven bringing eternal joy for the soul’s grandeur. They are like an elixir of life, a never diminishing source of pleasure and delight, an endless fountain of joy that seems to be a precious gift from Heaven.

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10 Responses to A Thing of Beauty explanation

  1. Rashi jaiswal September 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    This poem have a thoughtful and knowledgeable meaning….. Which gives us a thought for nature…..

  2. BeAsT October 1, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    lame poem but thnx for the summary helped a lot

  3. george .. December 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    dat ws sm gud explanation fr a really bad piece of poetry !@!

  4. Rahul Pandey February 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    A thoughtful poem and nice Explanation

  5. Guest July 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    To all others – Lame poem? My Ass!

  6. Ashika August 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks tonnes for the explanation! :)

  7. s r saxena September 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    nice explanation

  8. Karan Dutta September 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m sure everybody who said that this was a bad poem doesn’t even know that it is just the first part of the poem Endymion by John Keats and surely does not want to or is incapable of appreciating a really good,poem

  9. Sirson December 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Those who loathe this poem probably do not know how to appreciate things.
    FYI, this poem earned Keates much praise from ‘learned men’.

  10. Shubh96 February 27, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    The poem is so beautiful, it took me, like, twenty re-reads to fully grasp what it means. Awesome!

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