ODE ON A GRECIAN URN

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Last updated: December 14, 2019
John Keats
Who wrote Ode On A Grecian Urn?

Ode
A lyric poem on a single, usually serious subject.

Often it honors someone or something that the speaker addresses directly.

Maidens being chased by would be lovers while others are playing musical instruments all amid a setting of flowers and trees.
According to lines 6-10, what figures are pictured on the urn? What are they doing?

The spiritual rather than the sensual ear.
According to lines 11-14, to what “ear” should the “soft pipes, play on”?

A scene from community life with a priest, a sacrificial heafer, and the people of a small town.
What figures and actions, according to lines 31-40, are pictured on the other side of the urn?

“Thou steel unravish bribed quietness””Thou foster child of silence and slow time””Silvan historian”
What examples of APOSTROPHE are in lines 1-3?

The imagined is always superior to the real because its not subject to human error and changes.
Lines 11-12 state, “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard/Are sweeter.” Explain.

The urn has unchanging perfection and its lifeless except in ones imagination.
In what other sense, besides its being made of marble, is the urn a “Cold pastoral”?

It emphasizes how short life is.
What truth about the human condition does the urn convey?

Beauty is eternal and helps people gain in site into truth.
What is Keats’s concept of beauty?

The urn is art beautiful and unchanging and teaches us that through our imaginations we can find in art the true meaning of life.
One theme of the Ode is the relationship between art and life Explain this theme.

Both odes suggest in immortal word and at the same time remind people of there mortality.
With what similar theme are both ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE and ODE ON A GRECIAN URN concerned?

Inmortality (living on)
What does the urn symbolize?

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