HELP!!! ''to my brothers''

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HELP!!! ''to my brothers''

Postby lex_is » Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:35 am

i'm analyzing the poem 'to my brothers' by keats for a project and am trying to catch the exact meaning of this line...

What are this world's true joys, -ere the great voice,
From it's fair face, shall bid our spirits fly

thanks so much. i'm trying to get the main theme of the poem which i see but am having trouble putting into words.
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Postby Saturn » Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:36 am

It was written on 18th November 1816 to mark his brother Tom's 17th Birthday and probably to celebrate all three brothers coming together to live in their new lodgings at 76 Cheapside in London.

If you read the previos line it makes more sense:

'May we together pass, and calmly try
What are this world's true joys- ere the great voice,
From it's fair face, shall bid our spirits fly.'

Keats is saying may we as brothers have our share of happiness and joy in the world - love, friendship, brotherhood etc. before God [the great voice] calls them to rest in death.

Hope this helps - it's only my opinion though :roll:
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