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Question about Ode on Melancholy.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:38 pm
by greymouse
I was just reading Keats' Ode on Melancholy and it struck me as very interesting. I have a question about the poem which I'll link to here:

http://www.bartleby.com/101/628.html

Does "thy mistress" from line 18 and "She" from line 21 refer to Melancholy or is it just any generic lover? I interpreted it as referring to Melancholy as a sort of deity. Here's how I interpret the poem; am I getting any of this wrong because it was a little unclear to me?

Stanza 1 - Don't drink, do drugs, or flirt with suicide if you have a fit of melancholy.

Stanza 2 - Embrace melancholy and see her in everything around you.

Stanza 3 - Melancholy can only be experienced by someone who has also experienced great joy.

That's the way I read it, but I didn't understand the reference to Beauty. Cool poem.