A Thing of Beauty
A thing of beauty is a joy forever Its loveliness increases, it will never Pass into nothingness; but will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. a. What kind of joy does a beautiful thing provide? b. Explain: "Its loveliness increases." c. What does the poet mean by saying 'it will never pass into nothingness'? d. According to Keats, what treasures does a beautiful thing store for us? e. Explain: 'sleep full of sweet dreams.' f. What does 'quiet; breathing' imply?
a. A thing which has beauty would leave a lasting impact on the mind of the viewer. This would remain in their mind and be reminisced often. Even then it would render them similar bliss which they had received b. Whenever a beautiful thing would be reminisced it would proliferate the joy further. It would always increase by manifold. The beauty of a beautiful thing would never diminish. c. The beautiful thing would never pass into oblivion and would become an integral part of our existence. It would never be obscure. d. Keats regards a beautiful thing as a treasure house of wealth. The thing of beauty will give us solace as is derived when a person rests under the shade of tree, or has a sleep full of dreams and a healthy and quiet breathing. e. The beautiful things leave us satiated in a similar manner as a sleep which is blissful with pleasant dreams. f. Quiet breathing is symbolic of the serenity and calmness which is achieved by a person when he is content and is devoid of any aggression. It even symbolizes good health.