What poetic techniques are used in "Ode on a Grecian Urn"?
Many different poetic techniques are used in "Ode on a Grecian Urn," including apostrophe, personification, parallelism, antithesis, alliteration, metaphor, imagery, and symbolism.
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 still unravish'd bride of quietness,Thou foster-child of silence and slow time
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thoughtAs doth eternity
Keats also carefully structures the poem to reflect his rising emotion as he contemplates the urn and becomes more and more identified with it. The rise in emotion crescendos in the middle of the poem, in stanza three, as the speaker repeats the...
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