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What is hellenism?  Discuss Keats as a hellenist with reference to Ode To Grecian Urn? j

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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 his poetry.

Keats discusses the figures on the urn as pristine and perfect since they are frozen in time. They do recall a civilization at its zenith, so this perfectly preserved image - which is perfect because it is a frozen snapshot and cannot die (at least, the image of the icons cannot die) - represents the Hellenistic culture at its finest. However, Keats does come to the conclusion that the figures, perfect in their frozen image, are silent and they do not consummate their love and therefore, cannot die but do not live.

And in general, Keats is an aspiring hellenist because he contemplates what it would be like for those figures on the urn to be alive, or what it was like when they were.

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emelie23 | Student

First of all...

Hellinism = Greekism It means : Devotion to or imitation of ancient Greek thought, customs, or styles Greek civilization especially as modified in the hellenistic period by influences from southwestern Asia.
A body of humanistic and classical ideals associated with ancient Greece and including reason, the pursuit of knowledge and the arts, moderation, civic responsibility, and bodily development. Torrents
imarion | Student

The principal meaning is the emanation outward of culture and ideas from classical Greece to the rest of the world, with classical Greek culture and ideas either replacing local culture and ideas, or amending local customs. The second meaning of the word refers to the intensification of this process during the time of Alexander the Great, as proposed by Droysen in the early 19th century, and its continuation as a cultural force up until about 400 A.D. The third meaning is the general field of study of ancient Greek, which could include both processes just mentioned, plus scholarship since the time of the Greeks.I found relatives info at BTscene about Hellenic period.

subrataray | Student

Hellenism suggests love for Greek art and sculptor . At the age of sixteen ,Keats' interest to Greek art and literature , was stirred with his study of Chapman's Homer .The artist in Keats was half in love with Greek art .

Keats is every inch a Hellenist .In Grecian urn we find him dealing with the engraved pictures  on the Urn .Greek ritual finds expression in the references of mysterious priest ,heifer garlanded ,and dressed in silken flanks , green altar .Again "attic", means Greek .Keats mentions the word ,"Tempe" , and with that word , we are transported to the eastern coast of northern Greece where Tempe is situated .Arcadia relates to a famous pastoral -sight in Greece .