John Keats, Ode to Psyche

This poem remind me a little of meta-fiction/meta-literature in which the author writes about the process of writing.“I wandered in a forest thoughtlessly,/And, on the sudden, fainting with surprise” The poem is written in first person and the speaker metaphorically discusses the process of coming up with an idea. The ode is in a praise to the speaker’s psyche which Keats personifies with the capital letter and writes “The winged Psyche with awakened eyes.” Actually, upon doing further research into this poem it seems like it was actually written to the goddess Psyche. Unlike other gods, however, she has no “altar heaped with flowers” or temples. As an ode, the poem may also serve as a metaphorical temple or altar heaped with flowers and perhaps as one that will withstand the test of time much better than physical objects.

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