Ode on a Grecian Urn Questions and Answers
by John Keats

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How is the happiness in stanza 3 related to the assertion in lines 11-12 in "Ode on a Grecian Urn"? "Heard melodies are sweet,/ But those unheard are Sweeter"?

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It should also be mentioned that the relationship is based on the “melody” that the poet explicitly refers to in the second and third stanzas. The expression “Heard melodies are sweet, / But those unheard are Sweeter” refers to the melody played by the “happy melodist” of the third stanza. The melodist plays his “soft pipes” and this creates an environment for perpetual happiness. The happiness that the “bold lovers” and “happy boughs” enjoy is eternal too. Keats captures an eternal moment of happiness and compares it...

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