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Ode To Psyche Commentary

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Commentary on Ode to Psyche Yes, I will be thy priest, and build a fane In some untrodden region of my mind, Where branched thoughts, new grown with pleasant pain, Instead of pines shall murmur in the wind: Far, far around shall those dark-cluster'd trees Fledge the wild-ridged mountains steep by steep; And there by zephyrs, streams, and birds, and bees, The moss-lain Dryads shall be lull'd to sleep; And in the midst of this wide quietness A rosy sanctuary will I dress With the wreath'd trellis of a working brain, With buds, and bells, and stars without a name, With all the gardener Fancy e'er could feign, Who breeding flowers, will never breed the same: And there shall be for thee all soft delight That shadowy thought can win, A bright torch, and a casement ope at night, To let the warm Love in! The extract above is the last stanza of John Keats' Ode to Psyche. Ode to Psyche is the dedication of Keats's verse to the Greek mythological creature, Psyche, who is the only goddess with no temple in her name. ...read more.

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"Where branched thoughts, new grown with pleasant pain" This portrays the natural occurrence of thoughts in his mind, which are innate and are always spreading out like the branches of trees. The thoughts are so pleasurable to think about, John Keats feels a sense of pain too thinking about it. This is where a connection between the poem and his lover, Fanny Brawn can be created as he isn't allowed to see her due to his illness but his thoughts about her are giving him immense bliss, as well as pain. Another important connection he makes with nature is the "pines shall murmur in the wind". When wind occurs, the leaves on the trees rustle. In this stanza, the trees represent Keats's thoughts while the wind, his inspiration. What he means to say by this line is that when wind blows, the trees rustle just like when inspiration strikes, the mind stirs. Using deep imagery, signifying dense thoughts, he explains the audience that the thought of worshipping Psyche creates an emotion so intense, a cloud of obsession will hang over his mind, in the same way a shroud of pine trees cover the slopes of mountains. ...read more.

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Most of the lines end with a semicolon or a comma, with a few lines with no punctuation marks and the last line, an exclamation mark. The semicolons and the commas show the poet's continuous flow of thoughts, in which he gradually progresses from one idea to another without much hesitation. The last line ends with an exclamation mark to display the end of the poem and thus, an end to all his thoughts. The use of language in this stanza is also a main reference to the lost beauty of nature and also has a deep meaning to it. Using nature to convey his thoughts, Keats also lets out his anger against industrialism, when he prefers emotional thoughts over the voices of reasoning. The setting of the last line, aforementioned is the forest of his mind, decorated by flowery lyrics. The last two lines, "A bright torch, and a casement ope at night, to let the warm Love in!" The line above mainly refers to Cupid coming in a night, to visit Psyche but his also could be a reference to Fanny and John Keats themselves. When they were young, they were such close neighbors; they in fact shared the same garden. This reference could apply well here too. ...read more.

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