John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England)

A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion) - Poem by John Keats

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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness 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.


Comments about A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion) by John Keats

  • Veteran Poet - 1,938 Points Nishi Kumari (1/3/2015 12:43:00 AM)

    John Keats...a wonderful poet....very beautiful poem....true description of beauty.....beauty is something not just to be seen....it is something which gets locked inside the heart and keeps on growing more beautiful as time passes by.... (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,938 Points Nishi Kumari (1/3/2015 12:43:00 AM)

    John Keats...a wonderful poet....very beautiful poem....true description of beauty.....beauty is something not just to be seen....it is something which gets locked inside the heart and keeps on growing more beautiful as time passes by.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,723 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/13/2014 2:42:00 AM)

    A thing of beauty joy for ever......Very beautiful poem of the great poetic mind.John Keats I ever likes the poet and his great poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Angelina Holmes (10/4/2014 2:08:00 PM)

    Great rhyme scheme; I love the message as well. So lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,505 Points Ken E Hall (9/13/2014 7:02:00 AM)

    Such beauty in words drift nature into ones soul... Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink. Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,016 Points Paul Sebastian (5/8/2014 5:20:00 AM)

    Beauty never last but while it last, it is to be enjoyed. One of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 907 Points Michelle Claus (5/7/2014 10:49:00 PM)

    Let us be thankful for the beautiful things, I agree. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 421 Points Agboyi Felix (5/7/2014 3:17:00 AM)

    Good......the last three lines are superflous (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,910 Points Babatunde Aremu (5/7/2014 2:03:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem! A thing of beauty emits joy always. Well penned (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sensei Faith (4/29/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    Amazing, one of my favs...beautifully crafted (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 455 Points Ruth Walters (3/20/2014 4:52:00 PM)

    Beauty is transitional, fading in and out as the years roll on....it cannot be forever as we are not forever yet each stage of life has a beauty all its own...... Of course this is but a poem and subject to poetic licence as Keats walks us through that misty glade, shielding us from stark reality....... Nothing lasts forever...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alia A (1/20/2014 1:27:00 PM)

    A thing of beauty is a joy for ever... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,947 Points * Sunprincess * (11/18/2013 8:39:00 PM)

    I love the beginning of this poem :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jennye Merrell (9/3/2013 10:03:00 AM)

    One of my fav poems. I'm pretty sure there should be All the lovely tales we have heard or read after the mighty dead line, though... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Azam Safi (8/27/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    fabulous................. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points B. Laxmi Priya (7/17/2013 9:03:00 AM)

    All time favourite. Read in childhood, and still it is as fresh as ever in memory. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joeline Rayment (5/7/2013 12:38:00 AM)

    A lovely flowing read. Hinting at the negative that we are using Beauty to dispell the power off. Not my personal taste so much, i prefer poems of passionate strenth of emotion and struggle/strife, but This is a poem to which a person might drift to sleep and hope for sweet dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Readers Captor (2/9/2013 7:02:00 AM)

    I am really enjoying his feeling in all his verses where he still lives, it is a gift to every creators to live until their creation's lives.....Forever..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Readers Captor (2/9/2013 6:58:00 AM)

    I am really enjoying his feeling in all his verses where he still lives, it is a gift to every creators to live until their creation's lives.....Forever..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Readers Captor (2/9/2013 6:56:00 AM)

    I am really enjoying his feeling in all his verses where he still lives, it is a gift to every creators to live until their creation's lives.....Forever..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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