"then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink...."
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Keats’s depiction of the “wide world” as a shore, presumably overlooking a large body of water, is a metaphor, with the water serving as the endless opportunities of creation and possibility. The speaker concludes the poem on a metaphor that places his own thoughts of “love and fame” in the context of the larger world, emphasizing their transience.
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