artistic illustration of a Grecian urn set against a backdrop of hills and columns

Ode on a Grecian Urn

by John Keats

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Consider a painting that you know, and write a list of questions about what is going on in the scene. What do your questions tell you about the artist? What do they tell you about the nature of art?

Compare Keats's ideas about the scene painted on the vase with the ideas in W. H. Auden's poem "Musee des Beaux Arts," also included in Poetry for Students. What might Auden's speaker have to say about the person who painted the vase?

Give an example of an instance in which you think Beauty and Truth are not the same. Write what you think might be Keats's response to your example.

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