Hyperion: Book 3 Line 31-38 - Summary & Analysis

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Together had he...calm throated (Book III Lines 31-38)


      This passage is a description of Apollo’s walk at dawn. In the very early hours of morning he leaves his mother and twin-sister sleeping in their bower and walks beside the osiers of a stream. He enjoys the beauty of the valley covered ankle-deep with lillies. The nightingale, having sung for the entire night, has stopped her song. There are still a few stars shining in the sky and the thrush has started singing sweet and soothing melodies (Began Calm-throated). The morning time is rich with beauties of nature.

Critical Analysis

      This passage has autobiographical importance in relation to Keats’s personal life. From this we get an idea of the close and vivid observation with which Keats looked at various aspects of nature at different hours of the day.

      Notes: Mother fair; Noun, followed by an adjective, an example of Miltonic inversion.

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