Hyperion: Book 2 Line 224-231 - Summary & Analysis

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We are such.....as we do now. (Book II, Lines 224—231)


      In these lines Oceanus lays further emphasis on the dictum of beauty. He asks the Titans to accept the supremacy of their children because the creative power of beauty is fresh in them. The trees are superior to soil but the dove is still more beautiful than trees also, so the trees are not jealous of the dove. Oceanus tells the Titans that they have not produced weak children, but strong children who have in them supreme force of beauty the power of the eagle. So as a law of nature, that the superior in beauty must be superior in might also the Titans must give in before their children who will further surrender to a race that surpasses their beauty and perfection.

Critical Analysis

      This passage shows Keats as one of the most ardent lovers and worshippers of beauty. In Keats’s catalog of excellencies, beauty ranked on the top. According to Keats, power is the monopoly of those who have the creative force of beauty.

      Note. In this connection, please turn back to our comments to explanations No. 8.

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