please explain me the poem "a thing of beauty" .
Keats says that earth without beauty is a dead land, a despondent , a place not to live. Human being loose hope and enter gloom everyday but the beauty on earth is comes to rest their soul and calm their minds with its eternal joys. It eradicates the black cloud of gloom and despair and fills the human with happiness. Further in the poem, Keats provides instances for the things of beauty. Everyone on the Earth has its own definition of beauty. Some find beauty in the sun, moon, stars and flowers and others in the lap of Mother Earth. The mighty dead, the martyrs and the legends are also thing of beauty.
By the phrase "An endless fountain of immortal drink , pouring unto us from heaven's brink" the poet wants to say that there is fountain of the heaven that pours on us its nectar in the form of joy and happiness through its bounty of beauty. This nectar is immortal and will never and will continue to shower upon us.
The poem explains how beauty, found in every part of life, gives a never ending joy and solace. The poet says that a beautiful object leaves an ever-lasting impression. Its appeal never fades in our mind but increases with each passing day. Its memory refreshes the mind and makes our life easy, healthy and serene. It instills sweet dreams in our sleep.
With each following day, the pleasure derived from the beautiful object builds our bond with the earth as with a flowery band. In this melancholic world, full of depression, despair and paucity of noble souls, the joy of having experienced the beauty provides relief.
The poet believes that there are innumerable elements of beauty in nature that help us escape pessimism and give us hope and optimism to live such a dim, unhealthy and mysterious life. For instance, the sun, the moon, the young and old trees that provide comforting shade for the ‘simple sheep’, the daffodils that are nurtured by nature, the streams that flow and flowers that bloom, all provide a grand boost to the human soul and spirit.
Apart from these, there are the lovely inspiring stories of the mighty dead people who have lived their life with grandeur and success. According to the poet, such great men are immortal because they continue to live in the legendary tales they leave behind after their death.
The poet compares these beautiful things to a fountain of eternal pleasure pouring an immortal drink from the heaven.