Hymn To Intellectual Beauty: Stanza 7 - Summary & Analysis

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Stanza 7
Line 73-84
The day becomes more solemn and serene
When noon is past—there is a harmony
In autumn, and a luster in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
Thus let thy power, which like the truth
Of nature on my passive youth
Descended, to my onward life supply
Its calm—to one who worships thee,
And every form containing thee,
Whom, SPIRIT fair, thy spells did bind
To fear himself, and love all human kind.


      The calm that comes with the settling of youthful doubts is lacking. But with the growth of time, in his maturer years, the power of Beauty may communicate its own loveliness and calm to him. For has he not fallen completely under the spell of this 'awful loveliness' to fear himself and love all human kind?


      LI. 73-84. The day becomes.....all human kind. The day becomes more solemn and serene after the hour of noon. There is a harmony and a luster with the approach of autumn, which cannot be heard or experienced in summer, when it is even impossible to imagine them. For the poet too the hour of noon has passed and the season of summer is over. Now it is his time to enjoy the harmony and luster of Intellectual Beauty. Hence he appeals to the power of the Spirit of Beauty to descend on his receptive youth, operating like a law of Nature and supply its calm and quiet to his mature life. He confesses that he has become a worshipper of Intellectual Beauty as well as every form of Intellectual Beauty. He has completely fallen under the spell of the awful Spirit of Beauty and the power of its magic spell makes him fear himself and love all human kind. Under the Spirit's influence, he is free from arrogance and self-conceit, and he loves all mankind.

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