Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

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Discuss how Keats' "Ode On A Grecian Urn" reflects his concern for the longing of the permanent in a world of change.

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It is important to note how the Grecian urn that Keats contemplates acts symbolically in the poem. Throughout, it is regarded as a symbol of eternity or what is beyond time. Note how the speaker addresses the urn at the beginning of the poem:

Thou still unravished bride of quietness,

Thou foster child of silence and slow time,

Sylvan historian, who canst thus express

A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme...

It is worth analysing these images carefully to see how the urn operates in the poem. It is compared by a metaphor to an "unravished bride of quietness," indicating the way that, although it is so...

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