John Keats

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

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

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

  • Bharati Nayak (8/14/2017 9:49:00 AM)


    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.
    - - - - - - - - - - The first line is a quotable quote for all time whenever we debate or discuss about what beauty is. Is beauty a quality that resides in the color of a flower? Is it not its fragrance? When we are enchanted by its beauty we take a mental picture of the flower in our mind and its fragrance we inhale to the core of our heart..
    John Keats is speaking of the virtue that drives away gloom, gives us happiness, gives us hope and renews our dreams.It is an endless fountain of immortal drink.
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  • Sindiswa Ndamane (5/30/2017 6:02:00 AM)


    very interesting...beauty... (Report) Reply

  • Abhaya Sharma (5/26/2017 1:28:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem BY Keats.. (Report) Reply

  • M Sagnik Das (5/25/2017 12:49:00 PM)


    meaningful....i luv it (Report) Reply

  • (5/24/2017 10:00:00 AM)


    A very good poem for poem lovers and it is meaningful too. (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (5/21/2017 3:18:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem.Like to read again and again. (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/15/2017 2:54:00 AM)


    this is good. peace (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2017 11:04:00 AM)


    Art never ends, but the creator of beauty, the mortal human being dies. (Report) Reply

  • Youmpkang Bapkek  Bright S (4/10/2017 1:18:00 PM)


    nature appreciation (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/18/2017 7:49:00 PM)


    Keats celebrates immortality of art.
    Beauty in a way has a sublime derivation here.
    A divine connotation for that which cannot be destroyed, fade or change.
    Great poem!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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  • Tom Allport (1/1/2017 2:09:00 PM)

    tom allport
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this is a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle (12/4/2016 12:23:00 PM)


    A wonderful piece of poetry (Report) Reply

  • Shweta Chopra (11/12/2016 11:52:00 AM)

    Absolutely joy forever
    This is one of my favorite poems and will remain forever as the poetry itself says. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (11/1/2016 1:11:00 PM)


    A thing of beauty is a joy for ever, this sentence is a great discovery of John Keats.................... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/31/2016 3:04:00 PM)


    Don't you wish you could pen a first line like this one- -a line that cradles your imagination softly. And then don't you wish you could continue the beauty of that first line into your second and third and fourth lines? Ahhhh... reading Keats is like inhaling the fragrance of a rose. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (10/31/2016 8:49:00 AM)

    A Thing of Beauty
    a joy forever because now it is part of memory, a good thing to counter the negative things we've been exposed to.

    this is one of many poems to remind us of the goodness in the world. another to read, poets, if you don't know it is pied beauty by gerard manley hopkins. his God's grandeur also is a great burst of inspiration on the same theme.

    glen kappy
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  • Indira Renganathan (10/31/2016 8:42:00 AM)


    Marvelous artistic poem telling the truth of beauty-10 (Report) Reply

  • Bisy Untan (10/31/2016 7:56:00 AM)


    Flowers of reverence to the great soul ! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/31/2016 6:09:00 AM)

    A Thing Of Beauty
    It will never pass into nothingness! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2016 5:57:00 AM)


    This is the poem that laid the basis for the greater glories of the Odes and Chapman's Homer. The first five lines are unforgettable and have been rarely equalled by anyone. (Report) Reply

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