Hyperion: Book 1 Line 130-134 - Summary & Analysis

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...and there...where is Satuan? (Book I Line: 130-134).

Summary

      In this passage we see that Saturn is trying to come out of the crisis of identity from which he had been suffering so acutely in the last passage. In asking Thea “where is Saturn?” he calls back, his old identity, the powerful Saturn who was the king of universe once. He wants to shake off all his despair and grief and replace it with a confidence and determination to win back his lost kingdom. He wants to surprise the new gods by creating a new world of beauty, which, he still believes, must create itself at his command. He declares “Saturn must be King”.

Critical Analysis

      This passage is a confirmation of Keats’s concept of beauty which he considered as the only creative force of the universe. The Titans had to lose their kingdom because the creative instinct of beauty had started dying in them and the new gods had surpassed them in beauty. Saturn, having realized now that the first in beauty alone can be the first in might also, decides to create a fresh world of “Beautiful things” and to become the ruler of that world. Loss of beauty meant for Keats, the death of civilization and the creation of beauty, and its life.

      The confidence with which Saturn says “I will give command”, bring into mind, the words of Duke in Browning’s My last Duchess, when he says: "I gave commands and all smiles stopped together.

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