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Ode Grecian Entering the Greek Essay

… The vase has accomplished the goal of "teasing us out of thought," with its silent, seductive form (Keats, line 44). The poet states, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard / Are sweeter," (Keats, lines11, 12). Ironically, there is a musician depicted on the Exekias amphora. His tune remains unheard to my ears, symbolizing the power of the Grecian urn.

Keats, who chooses poetry as his art form, feels compelled to use verse as the means of paying tribute to the power of the Grecian urn. Although the poet disparages his written art form, Keats has also created a timeless piece that encapsulates the beauty of historical objects. However, I understand what Keats means when he states that the silence of visual art can speak…. [read more]

Keats: Ode on a Grecian John Term Paper

… Keats: Ode on a Grecian

John Keats was the last to be born and the first to die of the great Romantics. He is considered by many critics as one of the most important of the Romantic poets.

His work encapsulates many of the central aims and intentions of Romanticism.

As a Romantic poet he found the meaning to life and the human condition in artistic creation and not in the world of common sense and rationality. Art, for Keats and the Romantics, was never seen as a "sideshow" or an adjunct to life and meaning. "Keats felt that the deepest meaning of life lay in the apprehension of material beauty, although his mature poems reveal his fascination with a world of death and decay."…. [read more]

Ode on a Grecian Urn Keats Essay

… Ode on a Grecian Urn Keats

The Keats poem Ode on a Grecian Urn, describes an individual interpretation of an historical piece of art, in this case in the interpretation of Keats and specifically in reaction to an Urn which has a pastoral scene including 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 and place through symbolism and imagery. The work is reflective of the piece itself, its images and the emotion that can easily be elicited within the viewer of any piece of art. The poem, a piece of art itself reflects the idea that within art, at least art that is capable of…. [read more]

Keats John Keats' Poem Ode Term Paper

… The image on the proverbial urn, can never age, nor can his or her lyre ever go out of tune, or pipe ever get weary. For that matter the passage of time can never turn the spring to fall and therefore the image and the imagined music can be forever in their apex.

Keats ideal of beauty is probably the most profound of the thematic messages within the work. His message seems to be that the figures on the Urn are the ideal of beauty but are vague enough that the viewer can behold the beauty as he or she sees fit to meet his or her own ideal. Therefore the work will always encompass beauty. "When old age shall this generation waste, Though shalt…. [read more]

Ode on a Grecian Urn Term Paper

… Many critics realize this symbolism of the people and places is quite important in the work. One critic writes, "He [the reader] must not be too much surprised if 'mere decoration' turns out to be meaningful symbolism -- or if ironies develop where he has been taught to expect only sensuous pictures."

Finally, looking at a beautiful piece of artwork inspires the imagination, but it also gives tranquility and a sense of peace to the viewer, because they realize how insignificant our lives are. We are just a speck in a very long history. Things that survive and tell a story of a civilization, like the urn, are the stability in life. They represent what is truly important and valuable -- leaving something behind that…. [read more]

Ode on a Grecian Urn Term Paper

… Time was waiting for these people - their time was up. Time is the ultimate theme is this poem, because not only is the "Titanic" now a shrine to a time long gone, it is frozen in time.

Nothing on the ship has changed from the day it sank, except the damage and decay done by seawater and time. "Dim moon-eyed fishes near / Gaze at the gilded gear / And query: 'What does this vaingloriousness down here?'" (Hardy 13-15). Just as the "Titanic" is frozen in time, time has "marched on" and passed her by, she is past her time, and past her prime. Time is such an elusive thing, it seems to pass so slowly when you are young, and then so quickly…. [read more]

John Keats Essay

… The skies are painted with unnumbered sparks.

They are all fire and every one doth shine,

But there's but one in all doth hold his place.

So in the world. (III.1.65-71, 1157)

Keats seems to have mingled this use by Shakespeare with the more traditional evocation of constancy in love from Shakespeare's sonnet 116, which declares

Love is not love?

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O! It is an ever-fixed mark ?

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. (Sonnet 116, 1855)

I would suggest that Keats' "Bright Star" is best read as a mingling of these two modes of…. [read more]

Compare Similarities Between John Lennon's Song Imagine With Romantic Poetry Term Paper

… ¶ … John Lennon's song "Imagine" and Classic Romantic poetry

What do we think of when we hear the words 'classic, Romantic poetry'? We think of poems like "Ode to a Skylark" or "Ode on a Grecian Urn." These 19th century poems are personal, reflective meditations about the world in the poet's own unique voice. Lyric poetry, rather than epic poetry, was the most important style and form for the Romantics. Lyric poems are speculations in the voice of a first-person speaker. In "Ode to a Skylark" Percy Shelley imagines that a skylark is like a "cloud of fire" or a "high-born maiden" to express his feelings about the bird, and by extension the natural world. The poem is emotional, and does not try to…. [read more]

Poetry of John Keats Inspires Term Paper

… " The physical senses can only behold transitory beauty, while the spiritual senses perceive true, lasting beauty. "She cannot fade." Spiritual beauty is eternal, like the "happy, happy boughs" that "cannot shed" their leaves. Here, Keats also blends imagery from the natural world to convey a sense of beauty and timelessness.

Beauty is also associated with youth throughout "Ode on a Grecian Urn." Keats refers to the "fair youth" beneath the tree; in Keats' time, "fair" meant pretty. The eternal spring the poet alludes to in the third stanza symbolizes eternal youth, which translates to eternal beauty, "forever young." Because Keats' ode is on a Grecian urn, he is probably seeing pictures of young men and women frolicking. The images on the urn correspond with…. [read more]

Imagination, Faith, and Reason Truth Essay

… Nothing that is spoken by Jesus Christ or that is spoken on behalf of the savior of mankind is to in any way questioned by any of the members of mere humanity. Here, the concept of truth is far less fluid than the truth that is discussed by the artists and the truth of the imagination. In the epistle, Peter writes: "Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (5:8-5:9). Because Jesus Christ has sacrificed himself in order to save humanity, at least that is what the Christians believe.

It is because of this sacrifice that all…. [read more]

Fern Hill (Dylan Thomas) Research Paper

… The imagery of "shining" and "praise" dramatize an older person's is gracious in giving to life.

"And honoured among foxes and pheasants by the gay house / under the new made clouds and happy as the heart was long / in the sun born over and over / I ran my heedless ways / my wishes raced through the house high hay / and nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, that time allows / in all his tuneful turning so few and such morning songs / before the children green and golden / follow him out of grace…"

Earlier the speaker posited that the sun is just young once, but in this verse the sun is born "over and over" (imagery reflects the…. [read more]

Last Duchess Jealousy, Rage Thesis

… He rants, "Even had you skill/In speech -- (which I have not) -- to make your will/Quite clear," readily admitting that he does not know how to communicate with his wife. Paradoxically, while the narrator does not know how to communicate with his wife, he is quite effective in ordering others around. The narrator confidently asserts, "I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together."[footnoteRef:5] While the narrator is not explicit in what he commanded be done to his wife, it can be inferred that he ordered her killed, which is why is in negotiations for another wife. [5: Ibid, line 45-46]

Not being satisfied with his inability to turn his wife into an object that he could control like a possession while she was alive,…. [read more]

Duality Jonathan Swift and Mary Wollstonecraft Term Paper

… Duality

Jonathan Swift and Mary Wollstonecraft were both consummate social commentators on the duality of power and oppression. Through the analysis of two of their works, namely, Swift's a Modest Proposal and Wollstonecraft's a Vindication of the Right of Women one can see an easy assimilation of the challenges that such minds made to the disproportionate balance between the powerful and the oppressed. In fact each offers a differing view of the powerful as the greatest evil in the world. Swift through sarcasm, indicting the wealthy and powerful as mock heartless and capable of almost anything to retain control, and Wollstonecraft by directly annihilating the wealthy and powerful for openly subjugating fifty percent of the human population (women) as a measure of fashion and power…. [read more]

Kill Cliches -- "Mending Wall" by Robert Essay

… ¶ … Kill Cliches -- "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost and "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owens.

Perhaps one of the most useful aspects of modern poetry as a literary medium is that poetry has the unique ability to take the words of a cliche and can deploy the intense language of the poetic medium and force readers to reconsider that cliche in a new light. Both "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owens and "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost take common sense phrases that 'everyone' -- supposedly knows to be true. But both of these poets used language, the poetic speaker's unique perspective on his situation, and powerful images to undercut such accepted moral tropes.

In the case of the American New Englander…. [read more]

Life and Death in Romanticism Research Paper

… In essence, the poet here was predicting his own mortality. Those who die young will ever be young and beautiful. His final stanza reiterates the idea that this poem is more than a person appreciating a piece of ancient pottery. He writes, "When old age shall this generation waste, / Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe" (46-47). Essentially, this is a very sad statement. All will die and those who are last to remain will have to suffer, knowing all they love are dead.

The way John Keats writes "Ode on Melancholy," it is evident that both writer and narrator know of what they speak. Most specifically in the second stanza where the poet writes:

But when the melancholy fit shall fall

Sudden…. [read more]

Educational Philosophy Statement Thesis

… Educational Philosophy Statement

What do you think is real, true, good, beautiful and logical?

The English poet John Keats wrote in his poem entitled "Ode to a Grecian Urn": "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, -- that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." Keats meant that beauty was synonymous with the kind of logical perfection and truth evident in great art. Keats also meant for a work of art to be beautiful, it needed to be truthful and have some correspondence with reality. For example, a pretty story that suggests good people are always rewarded and the wicked are always punished, does not meet Keats' standards of beauty and truth. Stories may be fictional and great works of art,…. [read more]

British Poetry of the 19Th Century Essay

… ¶ … narrative technique in poetry of the nineteenth century is to discuss the various meanings and symbols written in the words of that era. Victorian poetry, including Romantic poetry, included an eclectic mix. The authors of these kinds of poetry loved to experiment and broadened not only the range of English poetry, but also subject-matter, and method, to an unmatched extent. The writers of this era paid attention to narrative because that is how they felt the words would be expressed best. Their focus was that on description, feeling, and persistent thought. Foremost poets like Arnold, Browning, Tennyson, and Keats demonstrated consistent techniques that became synonymous with Victorian and Romantic poetry.

"To Marguerite: Continued" a poem by Matthew Arnold, was first published in 1852.…. [read more]

Romantic Poets Nature and Romantic Poetry Term Paper

… ¶ … Romantic Poets

Nature and Romantic Poetry

There were three British Romantic Poets born during the last part of the 18th century: William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) and John Keats (1795-1821). These three were considered "nature" poets, who shared the viewpoint of the great landscape painters, musicians and other writers of the day. Though Wordsworth lived to a ripe old age, tragedy and the short life of the romantic hero were the fate of Shelley and Keats, who died while still young, yet who wrote prolifically about the beauties of life and love (Fiero 3).

Shelley championed human liberty and lived a life of taking liberties and defiance of convention, marrying and fathering the children of one woman, yet running off with…. [read more]

Question # 1: "The Poem Term Paper

… QUESTION # 1: "The poem is an extended apostrophe addressed to a painted
vase from ancient Greece. There are two separate scenes on the urn; the
speaker summarizes their subjects in lines 5-10 and then specifically
addresses them in 11-30 and 31-40. As completely as you can, describe what
each of the scenes depict."

Overall, the scenes as described by Keats in "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
are similar to those found on an ancient Greek vase, perhaps an amphora,
that were richly decorated and were designed for a specific purpose, such
as for holding water or wine. With Keats' urn, the scenes present a
narrative tale, much like The Suicide of Ajax, a black-figured amphora
circa 540 B.C.E. which "recounts an episode from the…. [read more]

William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge Term Paper

… He attributes our experiences with the world (Nature) that we live in as 'support' or helpful to helping humans create their own constructs of what is good and bad, right or wrong: "... no testimony can be admitted which is contrary to reason, reason is founded on the evidence of our senses." Thus, reason determines an individual's judgment on the goodness of an act, and ultimately shapes the concept of what is good within him/her.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge offers a different view of the concept of melancholy compared to John Keats, despite their being both Romanticist poets of the 19th century. Coleridge offers a positive outlook at melancholic contemplation in "The Nightingale," where he centers his attention on how people get relief and brief happiness…. [read more]

William Wordsworth, Nature Poet Essay

… Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth as a nature poet

William Wordsworth is often referred to as a nature poet. However this sometimes leads to the erroneous impression that Wordsworth was simply a lover of nature and natural landscapes. While he certainly admired the beauty of nature, as a Romantic poet he saw nature in terms of spiritual renewal and transcendent insight into to reality that went beyond this world. The central thesis that will be explored in this paper is the view that nature in the Wordsworthian context becomes a conduit for transcendence as well as philosophical meditation on mundane reality.

Nature in Wordsworths' poems is something that acts as a reminder of knowledge and perceptions of a greater reality that has been forgotten or…. [read more]

Road Not Taken Analysis Essay

… However, it is important to realize that the narrator's described choices are not unpleasant ones; both paths look pleasant and he describes wanting to take both of them. Therefore, the yellow wood is not describing choosing between two difficult or unpleasant paths, but between two appealing alternatives.

The mood of the poem is contemplative. The narrator describes the two paths he faced in detail, describing both of them as appealing and making explanations as to why he chose one path over the other. The poem describes the narrator as making a choice to take one path first, not with the desire of abandoning the other path, but, instead, simply saving it for another day. Though the narrator describes that choice, there is also an acknowledgment…. [read more]

Austen, Eliot, Besant, Browning: 19Th Century Views of Marriage and Property Essay

… ¶ … Marriage in 19th c English lit

To a certain extent, England owes its national identity in the modern period to issues of marriage: it was over marriage policy that Henry VIII would break with Rome and establish his own church in the sixteenth century, and the Church of England's denial of sacramental status to marriage led to a large-scale literary attempt (whose results are evident in works as disparate as Spenser's "Epithalamion" to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing") to find a cultural meaning for marriage when the religious meaning had been radically redefined. By the nineteenth century, however, the religious debate over marriage had largely been subsumed by a legal one (with extensive parliamentary wrangling over the status of married women's property rights,…. [read more]

Robert Frost's Poem 'The Road Not Taken Essay

… Robert Frost's poem 'The Road Not Taken' is has been interpreted to be an affirmation of individual self-reliance, yet a closer examination of the content reveals it is more accurately a statement about choice.

Structure of the poem

Two interpretations of the piece



'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost

Robert Frost's poem 'The Road Not Taken' is has been interpreted to be an affirmation of individual self-reliance, yet a closer examination of the content reveals it is more accurately a statement about choice. Frost said the poem is about his friend Edward Thomas with whom he would walk through the woods near London. During these walks they would come to different paths and after choosing one Thomas would inevitably wonder what was…. [read more]

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