Imagery in Ode on Melancholy

Imagery Examples in Ode on Melancholy:

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"Turning to Poison while the bee-mouth sips:..."   (Ode on Melancholy)

Once again, we see the role melancholy plays in life’s joyful experiences. The image here balances poison with honey, that which the “bee-mouth sips.” This is a striking line in that it evokes one of the sweetest tastes in the world, as well as the sour taste of deadly poison. The key idea is that the moments of greatest delight contain in them the bittersweet knowledge of death.