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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The famous last lines of Keats's poem have been the subject of heated critical debate for over two hundred years. As such, we're not going to be able to settle the matter of their meaning here and...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021 11:16 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Keats uses the poetic device of apostrophe in this poem. Apostrophe occurs when an inanimate object is addressed as if it is alive. Keats addresses the urn in the first stanza, calling it: Thou...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 3:34 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "A pastoral piece of art, writing, or music represents the pleasant and traditional features of the countryside." When Keats refers to the urn as a "Cold...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020 10:42 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

John Keats was an English Romantic poet. Keats highlighted the use of imagery in his poetry to speak to the follow characteristics typical to the Romantic period. He valued feeling over reasoning...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011 3:05 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The central message of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is the way in which the Grecian Urn represents an eternal beauty that contrasts to the ephemeral nature of man's existence. This is something of a...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 9:35 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In this poem, Keats contemplates a scene painted on a Grecian urn. Greek art was flooding into England at this time, and people were fascinated by it. Sylvan means wooded. What Keats is sees on the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 10:12 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In "Ode on a Grecian Urn," the speaker addresses the urn itself and the images on it. First, the speaker addresses the bride on the urn. She is frozen in time. She has yet to be ravished, so she is...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Since Hellenism refers to the height of Greek culture, especially in regard to its influence and colonization, Keats is a Hellenist in the sense that he continues to spread Greek culture through...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2010 12:32 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Critics through the ages have been troubled by these last two lines of this wonderful Ode, as they seem on the surface at least to have very little to do with the rest of the poem and the depiction...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2012 5:48 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

It is always important to look at the context of the lines you need to focus on to see what they mean and to try and understand what clues the rest of the poem before and after can give in order to...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

It might be helpful, too, to think about other possible meanings of the word "legend" in John Keats' poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn." The preceding lines do seem to point toward this standard meaning...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2009 6:20 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The two words that are repeated frequently in the third stanza are "happy" and "forever." Remember that the speaker of the poem is commenting on a scene that he is seeing painted on a Grecian urn,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2011 3:46 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The term "Attic shape" in the final stanza is a synonym for the urn itself. "Attica" is Greece, and "Attic" means relating to Greece or Athens; therefore, "Attic shape" is a parallel construction...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 12:57 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In my opinion, the speaker of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" admires the immortality of the urn's subjects (and of the urn itself) even more than its beauty. With the same idea that a poem can make its...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2009 2:33 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The Urn is the sylvan historian because it is rather like a picture frame. It has many carvings along its sides which tell the story--and each story will never change as long as the urn itself is...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2007 11:43 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ah, one of my favorite controversial subjects to discuss about one of my very favorite poems EVER! The contrast Keats creates between art and life in "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is precisely this: that...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2009 12:11 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

John Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn" is a formal lyric poem whose metaphoric tension depends upon the dual nature of the urn: While the beautiful urn itself is a symbol of the static quality of art,...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2012 3:40 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

This refeerence to the poem is featured at the beginning of the second stanza, where the speaker comments on the difference between the kind of music that is a product of his own world and the kind...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 1:40 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

As always with any question that asks you to examine the meaning of a particular text, it is important to look at the line in context so that you are aware of how it relates to the poem as a whole....

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 1:27 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In the second stanza of "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Keats writes, Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 11:58 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The narrator of the poem speaks directly to the Grecian urn, using a poetic device called apostrophe, which is when a speaker talks to something that is not alive and cannot respond or someone that...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 2:20 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The previous post was very strong. If I may jump to the concluding lines, which are some of the most quote lines in all of poetry: "Beauty is truth, truth beauty-- that is all/ Ye know on earth,...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2010 10:24 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In "Ode on a Grecian Urn," the poet gazes at the picture on an urn from ancient Greece. (If you google "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "images" you can see Keats's sketch of this urn.) The scene...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2017 1:26 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In the first stanza of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, the speaker refers to the urn as an "unravish'd bride of quietness," a "foster-child of silence and of slow time," and a "Sylvan...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2013 12:20 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In the earlier stanzas, the speaker has described the scenes of beauty on the urn, the young lovers and beautiful natural features. He assures the young man on the urn that, though he will never...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019 11:11 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Keats's use of apostrophe in "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is an effective method of conveying the speaker's deeply felt emotions. In apostrophe, a writer speaks to a person who is not there or to an...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018 11:41 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

A great question that should be asked more often. If you read the poem in romantic terms, you might arrive at the following interpretation. The speaker in this poem is tired and bored with his...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2007 8:49 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The first word in the poem 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' by John Keats is 'Thou.' This tells us as readers that the poet is talking to someone or something, but at first we are not sure what it is - the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2010 11:24 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Keats's poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" addresses the titular urn directly and praises its unchanging nature. The urn—upon which images have been placed, conveying a pastoral scene from Ancient...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 9:38 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Our poet/narrator is contemplating a Grecian urn, of course, and he sees and makes observations about life. He sees two scenes" First, he sees a young man wooing a beautiful young woman under a...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010 10:54 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

What a great question! Count how many times "happy" appears in the 3rd stanza, and then count the "never" in stanza 2, and this conflict produces an irony the speaker can't...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2007 11:19 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

I wonder if there are any other two lines that are debated so much. The closing couplet to the poem is really profound. There will be no easy answers here and I strongly advise you to take what...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2010 5:40 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Keats focuses on how happy the people seem to be on the urn. They are a group of young people headed out to the countryside for a Greek religious festival. He asks who they are and why they are in...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 3:11 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The interpretation of the last two lines of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is controversial, primarily because it is unclear whether the urn speaks some or all of the words. Quotation marks would...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 2:58 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

"Ode to a Grecian Urn," John Keats's metaphysical contemplation of Nature, Art, and Love finds its tension between the perishable and the eternal. In Stanza V, the speaker abandons his...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:24 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The speaker in the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is fascinated and teased by the figures on the urn. All the figures are frozen in time and therefore they exist in an eternal state. But, in being...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013 6:45 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

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...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2008 4:30 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

One major theme of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is that a beautiful work of art brings comfort and joy to the viewer. In this poem, the narrator gazes at the picture on an ancient Greek urn. It shows a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

To identify the rhyme scheme, it is necessary to consider Keats' entire poem. It features 5 stanzas, each with ten lines. Each stanza develops its own rhyme scheme that follows the same pattern....

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010 6:26 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Contemplating an ancient Grecian Urn, the poet Keats describes part of what he sees then asks about the legend the relief scene or painted scene represents. He starts out by addressing whom he...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

That Keats does describe a composite urn is certainly plausible as free-style urns of the type Keats appears to describe usually depict only one scene that runs continuously around the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:14 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In "Ode on a Grecian Urn," the urn was likely a product of Keats' mind, based on images of vases, sculptures and paintings. The scenes depicted are a Dionysian celebration, lovers about to...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2012 3:59 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Yes, you are pretty much right, especially about the first part of the fourth line. The stress would fall on first syllable of "Beauty," making that dactylic (I think!). Keats must have done that...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 11:39 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

While different critics take varying views of the overall unity of Keats' text, the textually logical explanation of the different scenes that he describes is that all are different parts of the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats is full of sensuous language and imagery. Of course, since imagery evokes sensory images, the images will by related to and interwoven with the sensuous...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2010 3:59 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The last two lines of Keats's “Ode on a Grecian Urn” have puzzled successive generations of literary critics and scholars ever since the poem was first published. Not only has it been impossible to...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 6:52 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

John Keats’s legendary “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (1819) is inspired by a work of ancient Greek pottery. Its second stanza mentions a picture of two lovers about to kiss but unable to—frozen in time...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 3:07 pm UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

The poem consists of five stanzas that reach an emotional crescendo in stanza three then fall back again to a calmer state. In stanza one, the speaker addresses a Grecian urn, noting its quietness...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 6:45 am UTC

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

In this excellent poem we are presented with the effects of contemplating Grecian urns on the speaker. In the line you have identified, the speaker talks of how contemplating this Grecian urn has a...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2011 3:56 am UTC

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