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How can "Ode to a Grecian Urn" be said to be a poem written in the Romantic era by a...
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- Emphasis upon the dream, or inner world of the individual
- Valuing of intuition and emotion
- Validation of strong emotion as a source of aesthetic experience
- A reach beyond the rational
A movement that emphasized emotion and intuition and the importance of the individual experience, Romanticism validated strong emotion as an aesthetic source of experience and knowledge. Certainly, John Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn" evinces many characteristics of a Romantic poem.
The poet's observations of the Grecian urn elicits high emotion from him as he "listens" to "unheard melodies" that are "sweeter" of "Forever piping songs forever new/More happpy love!...."
The poet reaches beyond the rational and arrives at knowledge through feelings. The timeless perfection of the urn touches the aesthetic appreciation of the poet:
Ah, happy happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu:
And, happy melodist, unwearied
Forever piping songs forever new
There is a mysticism to the poet's contemplation of the urn as in his imagination the figures exist in an aesthetic eternity, expressing the truth of an ideal in a sententious statement:
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"--that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Posted by mwestwood on December 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM (Answer #1)
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