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Beautiful Things The poem A Thing of Beauty by John Keats conveys the message that Beauty is everywhere and upon examination may be found The theme of this work is largely centered on nature as were many of Keats works In this particular poem Keats describes the affects that beauty can have on a person Some shape of beauty moves away the pall from our dark spirits 12-13 According to Keats this beauty never diminishes and its affect is felt long after it is gone Keats emphasizes that beauty is Made for our searching meaning that some people may find beauty in places that others may not 10 The theme of this poem is that beauty can be found anywhere and when appreciated can be used to raise your spirits in times of gloom One of the poetic elements Keats uses to express his theme is rhyme One example of how rhyming can be helpful in conveying the meaning of the poem to the reader is found in the very first two lines of the poem A thing of beauty is a joy forever its loveliness increases it will never 1-2 Not only do these lines help the reader to understand the theme of the work the fact that they rhyme makes them even more meaningful Another example of how Keats used rhyme to express his theme can be found in the very last line of the poem The poem was written using rhyming couplets however the last line does not have another line after it with which to rhyme They always must be with us or we die 33 This line stands out due to the fact that every other line in the poem is part of a rhyming couplet By purposely having this line is the last line and by stopping the rhythm that had flowed throughout the poem Keats emphasizes his theme of a need for beauty Keats used many
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