Hyperion: Book 1 Line 343-345 - Summary & Analysis

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Be thou therefore.....tense string murmur (Boole I: Lines 343—345)


      Having learned that Hyperion had adopted a mood of surrender to his inevitable fall, his father, Goclus spoke to him to show his sympathy for him, to warn him and to encourage him not to bow down before fate but to prepare himself for a struggle against it. He asks Hyperion not to let fate choose his course of action but to pave his way himself in the manner it suited him. He advises him to keep foresight and anticipate the events well before hard, so that he can rule the events instead of events ruling upon him. He wants Hyperion to keep himself ahead of the circumstances and to seize the arrow aimed at him, before it is shot out by the force of the stretched (tense) string of the bow.

Critical Analysis

      Whereas Hesiod and the other classical mythologists portray Coelus as full of revenge against children for their wrong done to him, Keats brings about a significant change in the legend and presents Coelus as one of the sympathizers and well-wishers of Hyperion.

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