ODE ON MELANCHOLY: TASKS

The last classes of lit we made some tasks about the poem Ode on melancholy. This are the tasks and the answers that I put.

poem:

Ode on Melancholy by JOHN KEATS

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist

    Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;

Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d

    By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;

               Make not your rosary of yew-berries,

    Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be

               Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl

A partner in your sorrow’s mysteries;

    For shade to shade will come too drowsily,

               And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.

But when the melancholy fit shall fall

    Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,

That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,

    And hides the green hill in an April shroud;

Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,

    Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,

               Or on the wealth of globed peonies;

Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,

    Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,

               And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.

She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die;

    And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips

Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,

    Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips:

Ay, in the very temple of Delight

    Veil’d Melancholy has her sovran shrine,

               Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue

    Can burst Joy’s grape against his palate fine;

His soul shalt taste the sadness of her might,

               And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

 

TASK 1: What is melancholy? Can you find a definition?

Noun

A feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

EG:”An air of melancholy surrounded him”

 

Adjective

Having a feeling of melancholy; sad and pensive.

EG:”She felt a little melancholy”

 

TASK 2: Find a definition for ODE.

ODE: Form of lyric poetry. Expressing emotions. It addressed someone or something.

 

 TASK 3: Read his biography and take notes involving important event in his life that influenced his writings.

 

-He was born on october 31st 1795 and died on february 23nd 1821

-His father died in 1804

-His mother remarried and divorced again

-His mother died in 1810

-His brother had tuberculosis

-In 1819 he married fanny

-In 1820 he had tuberculosis

Task 4: Read the poem.

What do you think this poem is about?

this poem is about melancholy and sadness and what to do and not ton do when you are experiencing them

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