Ode on a Grecian Urn Questions and Answers
by John Keats

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Give a stanza-by-stanza explanation of Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn." 

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The poem consists of five stanzas that reach an emotional crescendo in stanza three then fall back again to a calmer state.

In stanza one, the speaker addresses a Grecian urn, noting its quietness and ending with a series of urgent questions about what is depicted in the image on the urn. The questions reveal the speaker's increasing curiosity about what is pictured—asking who these people are and what they are celebrating?

In stanza two, the speaker notes that the urn's beautiful scene depends on the imagination of the viewer to bring it to life, but more importantly, he becomes increasingly engaged with the idea that the lovely and joyful moment depicted can never change: it will always be spring and the lovers depicted almost kissing will always be in that state of bliss.

In the third stanza, the speaker becomes ecstatic about the happiness depicted on the urn, repeating the word "happy" six times and using three exclamation points to emphasize his emotion. The trees are happy on the...

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