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Finding Hope In Mutability Essay

1056 words - 5 pages

The Romantic period happened in and around the years of 1789 to 1832. During these years, all around the world terrible things were happening. In France, the French Revolution was devastating and were the after affects. Almost all of Europe was affected, and this loss and suffering permeated the writings of Romantic poets. Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats poems are two authors that write about mutability but also write in a way that comes off as a search for something hopeful and happy in human existence. Both poets try to see the beauty inside the ugliness of the world.
The first example of poetry is Shelley’s “Mutability” poem. Throughout the poem, he makes many parallels between ...view middle of the document...

No one can fully control what life hands to them; whether it’s happiness or pain. There is an almost positive outlook on this. That you cannot control the way your life turns out, you must just go with the flow and see where it takes you.
The last stanza of “Mutability” shows the most hope for positivity. “It is the same!-For, he it joy or sorrow, / The path of its departure still is free:” (13-14). The lines are trying to point out that whatever we, the human race, feel or think, whether it is happiness or pure sadness it is all the same. It is all the same because no one knows where their life will take them. That sad feeling may not be the same the next day or the next year. “Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow; / Nought may endure but Mutability” (15-16). Shelley creates the idea that the only thing that is ever constant in life is there will be change. So, no matter where you are in life or how much pain you are in, it will pass, because change is always in the future. Shelley’s poem on Mutability paints a picture of the human world that is both beautiful but heart wrenching but out of that pain he finds the beauty.
In John Keats “To Autumn”, Keats also tries to look for hope in sadness. The poem simply comes off as a beautiful poem about the poets favorite season. The poem is concerned with the much quieter activity of daily observation and appreciation, however, there are more themes and thoughts that evoked. It is not just about the glorious beauty of Autumn, it is much more than that.
Autumn is a season of yet more change but it happens very quick. Autumn is one of the shortest seasons, especially depending on where in the world you are. “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, / Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun’ (1-2). It is such a short amount of time yet it is when things are at their richest. However,...

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