Hyperion: Book 3 Line 64-67 - Summary & Analysis

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All the vast.....wonder (Book III Lines 64-67)


      In these lines Mnemosyne the goddess of Memory is describing the tremendous effect of Apollo’s music. The melodies of music were so spell-binding that every ear was drawn to them in pleasure and pain. Pleasure was a result of the wonderful beauty of music and pain resulted from the sense of surprise at the idea of what this new power was capable of doing.

Critical Analysis

      This passage is a confirmation of the fact that Keats is a realist through and through. He knows that joy and sorrow are two inseparable aspects of human experience and he gives expression this belief of his in most of his poems and this has been done best in his odes.

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