keats viewsExamine Keats view of art and beauty with reference to "Ode on a Grecian Urn"?

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The final stanza of "Ode on a Grecian Urn,"

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity.

mentions the distinction between the art on the urn and human life:  the active existence of man does not preserve beauty. On the other hand, as the urn "teases" the speaker out of thoughts of his mortality, his mundane contemplations are transcended to the realm of beauty and art.

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