What are the literary devices in "Ode On A Grecian Urn"?

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"Ode on a Grecian Urn" is characterized by a highly lyrical tone with specific stanza forms and rhyme schemes.  There are five ten-line stanzas with a single rhyme scheme that combines the “quatrain of a Shakespearean sonnet with the sestet of a Petrarchan sonnet.” Check the link below for specifics on the rhyme scheme and other literary devices.  With the devices above you should be in great shape.

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Oh, this is a tough one, because there are so many used.
Let's start with the basics.
Keats uses personification in the first line.
He uses metaphors throughout.
He uses allusions.
He rhymes.
He uses archaic speech.
He uses consonance.

How's that for a start? ;-)
Greg

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And I do not believe the answer above is accurate; there are positively 5 stanzas on my copy of Ode on a Grecian Urn.

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Actually, the above answer is not entirely accurate. This sentence "There are five ten-line stanzas with a single rhyme scheme that combines the “quatrain of a Shakespearean sonnet with the sestet of a Petrarchan sonnet.”" is wrong. It should have been:

"There are eight (not five) ten-line stanzas with a single rhyme scheme that combines the “quatrain of a Shakespearean sonnet with the sestet of a Petrarchan sonnet.”

The other literary device used in the story is as follows:

  • alliteration
  • personfication
  • rhyming
  • assonance and more.

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