Endymion: A Poetic Romance (excerpt) Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


A thing of beauty is a joy for everB
Its loveliness increases it will neverB
Pass into nothingness but still will keepC
A bower quiet for us and a sleepC
Full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathingD
Therefore on every morrow are we wreathingD
A flowery band to bind us to the earthE
Spite of despondence of the inhuman dearthE
Of noble natures of the gloomy daysF
Of all the unhealthy and o'er darkened waysF
Made for our searching yes in spite of allG
Some shape of beauty moves away the pallH
From our dark spirits Such the sun the moonI
Trees old and young sprouting a shady boonI
For simple sheep and such are daffodilsJ
With the green world they live in and clear rillsJ
That for themselves a cooling covert makeD
'Gainst the hot season the mid forest brakeD
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk rose bloomsJ
And such too is the grandeur of the doomsJ
We have imagined for the mighty deadK
All lovely tales that we have heard or readK
An endless fountain of immortal drinkD
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brinkD
Nor do we merely feel these essencesJ
For one short hour no even as the treesJ
That whisper round a temple become soonI
Dear as the temple's self so does the moonI
The passion poesy glories infiniteL
Haunt us till they become a cheering lightM
Unto our souls and bound to us so fastN
That whether there be shine or gloom o'ercastN
They always must be with us or we dieN
Therefore 'tis with full happiness that IN
Will trace the story of EndymionI
The very music of the name has goneI
Into my being and each pleasant sceneI
Is growing fresh before me as the greenI
Of our own valleys so I will beginI
Now while I cannot hear the city's dinI
Now while the early budders are just newI
And run in mazes of the youngest hueI
About old forests while the willow trailsJ
Its delicate amber and the dairy pailsJ
Bring home increase of milk And as the yearO
Grows lush in juicy stalks I'll smoothly steerO
My little boat for many quiet hoursJ
With streams that deepen freshly into bowersJ
Many and many a verse I hope to writeN
Before the daisies vermeil rimm'd and whiteN
Hide in deep herbage and ere yet the beesJ
Hum about globes of clover and sweet peasJ
I must be near the middle of my storyP
O may no wintry season bare and hoaryP
See it half finish'd but let Autumn boldN
With universal tinge of sober goldN
Be all about me when I make an endN
And now at once adventuresome I sendN
My herald thought into a wildernessJ
There let its trumpet blow and quickly dressJ
My uncertain path with green that I may speedN
Easily onward thorough flowers and weedN

John Keats


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