Irony in Pied Beauty

Irony Examples in Pied Beauty:

Pied Beauty 1

"pást change: ..."   (Pied Beauty)

There is a slight irony to the phrase “past change.” The phrase seems to refer to those objects—the “dappled things”—that are not objectively beautiful, suggesting that they never will be. Yet the poem finds beauty in them nonetheless. Thus there is a “change” that occurs: a change in the eye of the beholder, rather than in the objects.