John Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" features a speaker reflecting on the nature of art as he looks at the figures painted on an urn. Throughout the poem, the speaker observes the static figures and draws conclusions about the way in which the urn freezes the figures eternally in the states depicted on the urn.
The speaker talks directly to the urn, and he addresses it as "Sylvain historian," meaning that the urn chronicles the activities of this pastoral scene and preserves them for all time. As the speaker continues into the second stanza, he offers some examples of the figures that are frozen in time:
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
The "youth" will always be listening to the silent "music" being played by "soft pipes" illustrated on the urn, and the...
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