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In the poem Ode on a Grecian How does the poem express both the positive and negative sides of the search for beauty?

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arjun | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:47 AM (Answer #1)

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In the first picture, guys are chasing the women. He calls the lovers bold because they are chasing the women in the forest like a game. The poet describes their chasing will remain same and fresh for ever in the urn. Their strong desires of love will remain same, and the beauty of the chased women will never die. The poet loves beauty in all forms, and he keeps such beauty in imagination, for it will never die but attract the poet more and more.

In the third stanza, the poet describes about the branches of tree . It is a spring time, and the trees will always remain green without the fear of summer. In the second scene of the urn, where the young musician is playing the pipe under a tree, he calls him unwearied and ever fresh because the pipe is in his mouth will ever remain fresh with same magic and same force. It is in the world of urn that is imaginary and unchangeable. John Keats compares the love of real life with the love carved into the urn. According to him, the love of real life is imperfect and fraught with pains and sorrows and unquenchable desires. The lover comes away with a burning forehead and a parching tongue.

 In third picture, the heifer is depicted dressed in the garlands of the flowers, coming to the altar for sacrifice. Altar is a place where the animals are sacrificed, and for its sake, it is decorated with leaves and vegetation. So, it seems green. The poet imagines that the animal moans at the sky. These garlands symbolize it a holy thing that is destined for the gods. There the poet sees a priest and a crowd must have been coming to participate in the sacrifice. He imagines that these people are coming from the town that is built on the mountain, and he watches a small fortress, protecting it. The town is empty because all have come out side to participate in the ritual. The poet calls it a holy morning. He describes that its streets will always be silent because there is not any soul, all are gone, and he is unable to find his information about the sacrifice.

In the last stanza, the speaker shows his verve about the beautiful appearance of the urn because it possesses an idiosyncratically Greek appearance with a graceful posture. The lovers are braided to gather in the chiseled marble. It is decorated with the images of plants and leaves. The poet is a little annoyed at the forest branches and the trodden weed because they have made the urn crowded. The poet calls it quiet one and it compels him to think or view that the urn shows the world where things never change or ruin. He calls the scenes, depicted on the urn, are of country life. All these images are of peaceful and empty town, lovers and nature. Now the poet turns to the old age or the age of characters depicted on it. He imagines that every one of his age is dead but it is still in good condition and alive. He finds that the urn is snared in other woeful problem; for his all present problems are surpassed by new problem .He is expressed as a good friend that will be healthy and advisable to every one of new generation. In last two lines he talks about beauty and truth, both are same thing. He finds what ever is carved into the urn is beauty, and beauty is truth. It will lead good and meaningful life. The poet does not need the knowledge of other departments because beauty is enough for him, it is truth; otherwise the worldly knowledge would suffer him. Such point makes Keats one of the most romantic of the romantics.   

 

 

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