sensuousness in greacern urnno

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John Keats is famous for sensuous quality in his poetry. He is called the mystic of senses. He is a worshiper of beauty and he pursues beauty everywhere. He finds beauty in concrete things not in imaginary and abstract things. In one of his letters, he says: O for a life of sensation than of thoughts. He was a man of great aesthetic sense. Most of his poems abound in imagery that appeals to our five senses i.e., hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a living example in this regard. It’s replete with sensuous imagery. In this poem, Keats caters to our senses by describing the pictures made on the Grecian Urn. In the second stanza of this poem, Keats appeals to our senses of hearing, touching: Heard melodies are sweeter, but hose unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes play on; ---------------- Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst leave Thy song, nor ever those trees be bar; Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, The fourth stanza of this poem is a perfect picture in words. Keats arouse our senses of sight and smell in this stanza, as he says: Who are these coming to the sacrifice? To what green altar. O mysterious priest, Leadest thou that heifer lowing at the skies, And all her silken flanks with garlands dressed?

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