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Ode on a Grecian Urn Keats


The ***** poem Ode on a ***** Urn, describes an individual interpretati***** of an historical piece of art, in this case ***** the interpretation of Keats and specifically in reaction to an Urn which has a pas*****ral scene *****cluding many traditional Grecian themes. The work also demonstrates several universals regarding art and the art of man and how it can and should to some degree transcends time ***** place through symbolism and imagery. The work is reflective ***** the piece itself, its images and ***** emotion that can easily be elicited within the viewer of any piece of art. The poem, a piece of art itself reflects ***** idea ***** within *****, at least art that is capable of eliciting emotion that there are three specific ***** regarding the human experience of art; first that art can freeze *****

Blackstone 312), second that art ***** eternal human emotion and lastly that both *****se elements ***** work together to bring the viewer to a pl*****ce of emotion ***** is relatable. Hence the Urn and the ode describing it represent universal emotional themes that are forever reachable by the *****. "Will Keats's poem attain ***** speechlessness of the true language ***** art? Or will it remain in opposition to the urn, unable ***** transcend 'art's mortal enemy?'" (Hofmann 251) This work will analyze Ode on an Urn according to these three themes utilizing the text of the work ***** dem*****strate what the poem says about art ***** the human *****.

Art Can Freeze Time

***** repeats the theme of time in this work over and over, express*****g that the content of the art, in this ***** the images on the Urn is eternally youthful frozen in a moment of time, just before the pinnacle of acti*****, ***** "bride" remains unkissed "THOU still unravish'd bride ***** quietness,/

Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time," the pipes are ***** playing a g*****y tune, reflective of the event depicted but eternally silent, "ye s*****t *****, play on, " "And, happy melodist, unwearièd,/

For ever piping songs for ***** new." The youth under the tree ***** in a continued state of ***** about to reach his goal of ravishing the fair beauty, who will remain forever young. "Fair youth, beneath the *****s, thou canst not leave 15/

Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;.../

***** cannot fade, though thou *****t not thy bliss,/

For ever wilt thou love, ***** she ***** fair!"

***** only will ***** lovers be forever fair and *****ful but they will always be in a st*****te of bliss, that is associated with being in love. The boughs of the tree, presumably where ***** youth hides ***** *****s his flute will always be fresh and green. "Ah, happy, happy boughs! ***** can***** shed/

Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu; And, happy melodist, unwearièd,/

For ever piping songs for ever new;" Events frozen in time are the main *****me of Keats interpretation.



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