Hyperion: Book 1 Line 26-30 - Summary & Analysis

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She was a.....stay’d Izion’s wheel. (Book I, Lines 26.30).


      This is a description of Thea, the wife of Hyperion. She was the goddess of the “infant world” by which Keats means the newly created world of the fallen gods. She was so tall that the legendry Amazons would have seemed Lilliputians before her. Her physical strength was so immense that she could have bent the neck of Achilles only by taking him by the hair. There was that strength in her single finger which could stop the powerful lxion wheel.

Critical Analysis

      The numerous classical references in the passage speak of Keats’s deep interest in classical figures.

‘Paradise Lost’ Book I, 780, is the source of the idea of drawing a contrast between Thea’s height and the stature of pigmies.

Amazon—A race of warrior women known for their tremendous strength and courage.

Pigmy:—A short statured, Lilliputian race.

Achilles—The famous mighty hero of Homer’s Iliad. He led the Greeks against Troy.

Ixioio's wheel—lxion was bound on a perpetually revolving "wheel by Zeus, for his having insulted Hera, the wife of Zeus.

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