John Keats Saw Beauty in All Things


PREFACE: During the time written value was a religious ceremony of nature. Keats was the religious ceremony of beauty. Love of beauty is the rule note of his poetry from “Endymion” to his last poem, Hyperion: A Vision. Beauty was his religions to him. His fancy was to the feelings of beauty and he was at his best only is the presence of the perfect beauty. In one of his letters, he wrote, “With a great poet the sense of beauty overcome all other considerations”.

BEAUTY IN THE ALL THINGS: Keats acts of conceiving or an idea of beauty and his behave towards beauty underwent a change with the passage of time. Though at all conditions of his considerable for beauty he feels it absolutely necessary to stay as devote and lover of beauty.  His friend Haydon tells us that humming of bee, the sight of a flower, the shine of the sun, seemed to produce his real tremble. Then his eyes flashed his cheek shine and his mouth quivered all periods of his life, the moving principle that guided him was adoration of beauty, He announced “with great poet, the sense of beauty overcomes every other consideration”. His sensitive imagination was thrilled to ecstasy by the feelings of beauty from whatever quarter it come.

SENSUOUS AND PHYSICAL BEAUTY: Keats’ consideration of pleasing appearance was clearly (that can be) seen. He was interested in the pleasing appearance of woman and the pleasing appearance of nature. in “Endymion” he presented his joy in the beauty of nature in its varied aspects and come out with the assertion.
 “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” the odes of Keats are adoration of beauty and them Keats love for beautiful things of nature and human life, art and literature, is very well represented. Keats was the greatest adorer of beauty in all its manifestations, physical and spiritual and in these odes beauty finds the finest expression in all its forms.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Keats love for nature is equally well represented in these odes. Keats loved nature in all its objective and beautiful aspects and this love for nature is expressed in the “Ode to Nightingale” as well as the “Ode to Autumn”. The “Ode to Autumn” is a glorification of the beauty of nature, and in the “Ode to Nightingale” we can enjoy the beauty of the flowers and translucent light of the moon making its way through the leaves.

TRUTH AND BEAUTY: The greatest gift of his intelligence and his chief contribution to the world is his philosophy of beauty and truth, beauty in female form and nature. Keats advanced to a philosophic concept of beauty. He soon comes out of the kingdom of flora and old fan of sleep and poetry and by the time. He formulated his philosophy of beauty in the concluding lines: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty that is all, ye knew on earth and all ye need to know”

Beauty and truth were the highest characteristics of the transcendental being that we call god. He come to the writing of the Odes on a Grecian Urn, he identified truth and beauty. No poet that even lived had the faculty of natural magic more than Keats. He loved as he himself has told us, the principle of beauty in all things, because he knew that to see things in their beauty was to see things in their truth. But he was certainly the first to give the equation “beauty is truth, truth beauty” and this is his great contribution to the world.

HUMANITARIAN CONCEPT: Keats believed that poetry should be written not for any propaganda a moral teaching. There should not be any palpable design is the writing of poetry. He became less aesthetic and more humanitarian and now his whole endeavors were to pass physical appreciation of beauty for deeper and humanitarian understanding of the principle of beauty.

BEAUTY, TRUTH AND POWER: “There is something of the inner most soul of beauty in nearly every thing he wrote and perhaps, that is what strike me most, the more one grows to appreciate the finer spirit of poetry at its true worth.” this is the second law of Keats. The first is the truth and beauties are one. “Where there is the highest beauty there is the necessity of greatest power. It is the instinct of all souls to low unquestioning to beauty if they have the heart to see it. Yet the two laws are one law, for beauty is the form that truth takes its eternal logos that was the last thought of Keats upon the matter-truth, beauty and power-a-coequal trinity.

CONCLUSION: The odes of Keats are adoration of beauty and is them Keats love for beautiful things of nature and human life art and literature is very well represented, Keats remained great adorer and worshiper of beauty .He took pride in being a votary of beauty. “If I should die”, he wrote, “I have left no immortal work behind me, nothing to make any friends proud of my memory, but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had time, I would have  made myself remembered.

Ref: 1. Austin Dobson: Life of John Keats (Great Writer Series)


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