I need help writing an essay on this quote from John Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn": "A thing of beauty is a joy forever"    The instructions are to give a vivid description of a place or a thing...

I need help writing an essay on this quote from John Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn":

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever"

 

 

The instructions are to give a vivid description of a place or a thing which has given you immense joy.

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In composing an essay on the above topic, the writer would do well to write a narrative or a descriptive essay.  If, for instance, the "thing of beauty" that constantly brings joy is a place, then a narrative essay is in order. But, if the "thing of beauty" is an object, a descriptive essay is more in order.  So, the writer must first select what it is that she wants to write about. 

In brainstorming ideas, consider places that you have visited repeatedly which bring you contentment and joy every time; for instance, a beautiful park (National Park, formal gardens, etc) or the seaside. Then, consider some object whose beauty gives you pleasure whenever you examine it; for example, an heirloom ring whose gem is not only beautiful, but it conjures memories of loved ones who have worn it.  Or, perhaps, some objet d'art such as the urn that Keats examines can be described, such as a Fabrege egg, a painting by a famous artist, etc.  

Once you have decided upon the object that is beautiful, you will want to explain how it is beautiful and in what way it brings you joy.  The essay will take shape, as all essays do, with an introduction that has a "Motivator," and a thesis statement; the body of the essay will examine three different aspects of the beauty of the thing; and the conclusion will have a restatement of the thesis with a "clincher," a remark that carries the reader beyond your essay to contemplate how important things of beauty are, perhaps.

If you choose to write about a place, you may wish to use the narrative essay format, which like a story has a beginning, middle, and end. Your "motivator" in the introduction can be a reflection or a question.  For example,

How many of us have regarded a photograph from a vacation and been transported emotionally to the scene depicted there and felt a sense of serenity or happiness?

Then, you describe the place and give three reasons why it is a "joy forever" to you in the thesis.  For instance,

One such place that always conjures great memories for me is Lake Geneva where on one particular day, the weather and surroundings perfectly matched my inner mood, bringing me great joy. I enjoy returning to this place because it restores this inner mood of contentment, the area is beautiful and delights my senses, and it seems to stop time for me, placing me in a euphoric state. [thesis]

The body of the paragraph, then, will explain the why and how of the thesis statement. Be sure to restate this thesis at the end and write a "clincher."  For example, you can end with an affirmation of Keats's quotation:  Truly, "a thing of beauty" can bring joy to people throughout their lives.

 

 

 

 

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