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  Ode on a Grecian Urn: Explanation for Students!
Ode on a Grecian Urn is one of the most popular poems of Romantic poet, John Keats.
‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is an ode written by Keats, which addresses a beautiful urn or a vase from Greece.
The Ode is divided into five stanzas which address the varied figures and beautiful forms of art, portrayed on the urn.
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  "Ode on a Grecian Urn"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The urn exists in the real world, which is mutable or subject to time and change, yet it and the life it presents are unchanging; hence, the bride is "unravish'd" and as a "foster" child, the urn is touched by "slow time," not the time of the real world.
The urn is "sylvan"--first, because a border of leaves encircles the vase and second because the scene carved on the urn is set in woods.
With lines 8-10, the poet is caught up in the excited, rapid activities depicted on the urn and moves from observer to participant in the life on the urn, in the sense that he is emotionally involved.
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /english/melani/cs6/urn.html   (1587 words)

 SparkNotes: Keats's Odes: Ode on a Grecian Urn
Each of the five stanzas in "Grecian Urn" is ten lines long, metered in a relatively precise iambic pentameter, and divided into a two part rhyme scheme, the last three lines of which are variable.
If the "Ode to a Nightingale" portrays Keats's speaker's engagement with the fluid expressiveness of music, the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" portrays his attempt to engage with the static immobility of sculpture.
The Grecian urn, passed down through countless centuries to the time of the speaker's viewing, exists outside of time in the human sense--it does not age, it does not die, and indeed it is alien to all such concepts.
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 The use of imagery, sound effects, and poetic form in Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn - cfu/Members/colin/engl560bPaper/
Odes were one of the classical verse forms reintroduced and experimented with in the Romantic period.
This may mean that the pictures and engravings on the urn are as sharp as the day it was made; if it had been ravished by quietness, the figures on the urn might not speak to the poem's speaker as strongly as they do.
Whether due to the urn's antiquity or to the urn's presenting imagery in visual form instead of time- and culture-bound language, the greater sweetness of the urn's expression probably indicates that the speaker believes that the urn appeals more strongly to imagination than his poem can.
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 PlanetPapers - Ode on a Grecian Urn - Critical Analysis
However, this is not the case in John Keats’s poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn.
Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn has a superficial level of happiness and joy, which acts as a façade for a deeper level of morbidity and death, most likely because of the fact that Keats was dying as he wrote this poem.
Ode on a Grecian Urn was written only about two years before his death.
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 Ode Nightingale Essays -- Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, and Ode to Autumn
Ode Nightingale Essays -- Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, and Ode to Autumn
Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, and Ode to Autumn
In the Ode to a Nightingale, it is the ideal beauty of the Nightingale's song - as permanent as nature itself - in the Ode on a Grecian Urn, it is the perfection of beauty as art...
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 Ode on a Grecian Urn: Study Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" is a romantic ode, a dignified but highly lyrical (emotional) poem in which the author speaks to a person or thing absent or present.
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" was written in the spring of 1819 and published later that year in Annals of the Fine Arts, which focused on architecture, sculpture, and painting but sometimes published poems and essays with themes related to the arts.
The urn is a beautiful one, poet says, adorned with “brede” (braiding, embroidery) depicting marble men and women enacting a scene in the tangle of forest tree branches and weeds.
www.cummingsstudyguides.net /Guides2/Keats.html   (1807 words)

 Al Provinziano on Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn
While the evidence of the fusion between the urn and Keats emotions survives, the fusion of the speaker and the urn--the ambiguity between the concreteness of the Urn and the speaker's separate identity is not present in the Lamia edition because it works to separate these two objects.
While the speaker does say "thou say'st" (of the urn), this is not a separation of the vase from the speaker because it becomes an agreement with the vase, an acquiescence to the knowledge it imparts.
Therefore, it seems the Annals version of "Ode on A Grecian Urn" is closer to the aesthetic theory of Keats, than the widely received Woodhouse version of the poem because the Annals maintains an emotional ambiguity on the relationship between its author, speaker and object.
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 Pescarmona: Et[urn]al Existence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Then, in urn fashion, Keats becomes as willfully ambiguous as the urn, ultimately haunting readers at the end of the poem by questioning the nature of Truth as represented by this urn and by his poem.
Keats's decision, therefore, to imbue, his enigmatic urn with a quasi-animate presence and to make it speak forth directly to the viewer had its origins in a convention that was clearly and abundantly evident to anyone interested at that time in the relics of Greek antiquity (Levine 40).
Therefore, the urn itself and the sculptor himself, both, by nature of the urn's existence, as well as its inscription, "speak"to modern viewers, allowing them a voice in a "dialogue."The sculptor, more importantly, is allowed a "quasi-animate"existence beyond his own years; he can communicate with future generations without even breathing.
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 Keats/The Ode on a Grecian Urn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Ode Upon a Grecian Urn was written at the height of Keats' creative output, in May of 1819; in this same month he wrote the Ode Upon a Nightingale and the Ode Upon Melancholy.
Keats is essentially saying through the urn that truth, the conforming to facts, is the exact same thing as physical beauty; beauty is a factual attribute of an object.
The fourth section also continues the idea of the urn's immunity from the negative aspects of time, and consists entirely of a set of queries to the urn (who, of course, cannot answer back) about the figures and their actions.
www.csee.umbc.edu /~evans/keats.htm   (1137 words)

 Stanza by Stanza Questions on "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
Keats was an advocate of artistic "negative capability," a critical term that implies the artist possesses the ability to lose himself in the contemplation of and self-identification with his subject.
Pindar composed his odes for performance by a chorus, using lines of varying length in a complex three-part structure of strophe, antistrophe, and epode corresponding to the chorus's dancing movements.
Odes in which the same form of stanza is repeated regularly (see homostrophic) are called Horatian odes.
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 Free Essay Ode To A Urn Detailed Analysis
Ode on a Grecian Urn: An Analysis of the Poem by John Keats
The poet calls the urn a friend, one who brings a message about truth and beauty and their sameness to the many generations since it was created.
The Ode on a Grecian Urn squarely confronts the truth that art is not "natural," like leaves on a tree, but artificial.
www.echeat.com /essay.php?t=26294   (1114 words)

 Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Poetic Form: Ode
Pindaric odes were performed with a chorus and dancers, and often composed to celebrate athletic victories.
The William Wordsworth poem "Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" is a very good example of an English language Pindaric ode.
For example, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats was written based on his experiments with the sonnet.
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 SparkNotes: Keats’s Odes: Themes, Motifs & Symbols
The end of a lover’s embrace, the images on an ancient urn, the reaping of grain in autumn—all of these are not only symbols of death, but instances of it.
For instance, the speaker of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” describes the scenes on the urn for several stanzas until the famous conclusion about beauty and truth, which is enclosed in quotation marks.
For example, in “Ode to a Nightingale,” hearing the bird’s song causes the speaker to ruminate on the immortality of art and the mortality of humans.
www.sparknotes.com /poetry/keats/themes.html   (1424 words)

 Free-TermPapers.com - Ode On A Grecian Urn
Ode on a Grecian Urn Summary In the first stanza, the speaker, standing before an ancient Grecian urn, addresses the urn, preoccupied with its depiction of pictures frozen in time.
Form Ode on a Grecian Urn follows the same Ode-stanza structure as the Ode on Melancholy, though it varies more the rhyme scheme of the last three lines of each stanza.
Each of Grecian Urn's five stanzas is ten lines long, metered in a relatively precise iambic pentameter, and divided into a two part rhyme scheme, the last three lines of which are variable.
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 20th WCP: Keats and the Senses of Being: "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (Stanza V)
The viewer of the urn is struck, in the concluding stanza, by how a "silent form" captures and preserves in its frieze the dramatic peak of aesthetic, erotic, and devotional mindfulness.
An uncanny "foster-child of silence"— an analogue of "eternity" in its ideal remoteness from the corrosive efficacy of time — the urn is a seductively inscrutable presence that both accommodates and transcends the reasoning that is attuned to the univocal sense of being.
Established in the viewer’s encounter with the urn in its irreducible totality, this community — by extension, possible for us to the degree that we find ourselves visionary participants in the Werksein of the poem — is something concentrated in the voice with which the urn speaks through the beholder.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Lite/LiteStam.htm   (2575 words)

 Free Essay "Ode On A Grecian Urn" By John Keats
The urn, passed down through many centuries portrays the image that everything that is going on on the urn is frozen.
In the first stanza, the speaker, standing before an ancient Grecian urn uses apostrophe when he speaks to the urn as if it is alive.
It is the "still unravish'd bride of quietness," "foster-child of silence and slow time." He speaks to the urn and not about the urn, he treats the urn like it is listening to him like a human.
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 Al Provinziano remaps Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn
The speaker's words are also rounded to represent his emotional qualities, in contrast to the completely straight words of the author (not to imply Keats didn't empathize with his speaker, but that his presence in the poem is very structural).
The Urn is blue because it is a "cold pastoral; blue represents a lack of exuberant emotions, and a still remove from communication.
Additionally, the structure of the author for the poem is represented at the mergance of the author and reader's sphere because these aspects of the poem are more for the reader, in order to make the philosophy in the poem easier to understand.
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 Ode on a Grecian Urn Summary
Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
Ode on a Grecian Urn is a poem by John Keats, first published in January 1820.
Uses a quotation from a Keats poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn, as a reference.
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 John Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn
Reading John Keats“Ode on a Grecian Urn,” one might think that he had been in one of those classes.
urn at this point (using “ye” as singular), it would make a bit more sense, but it would suggest that while the urn’s message is directed at all humanity, the speaker then re-directs the message back to the urn, implying that the statement is true for art, but not for life.
A work of art can be paradoxical, as the urn reveals the dualities of sound and silence, time and timelessness; its message, though, that beauty and truth are one, exists only in the imagination, because in reality that is not necessarily true.
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 Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
Written in 1819, 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' was the third of the five 'great odes' of 1819, which are generally believed to have been written in the following order - Psyche, Nightingale, Grecian Urn, Melancholy, and Autumn.
Arguments can be made for any of the four most obvious possibilities, -poet to reader, urn to reader, poet to urn, poet to figures on the urn.
The issue is further confused by the change in quotation marks between the original manuscript copy of the ode and the 1820 published edition.
englishhistory.net /keats/poetry/odeonagrecianurn.html   (588 words)

 Table of Contents - "'Ode on a Grecian Urn': Hypercanonicity and Pedagogy" - Praxis Series - Romantic Circles
Introduction to "'Ode on a Grecian Urn': Hypercanonicity and Pedagogy"
Suspended Satisfaction: "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and the Construction of Art
Teaching Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" in New Zealand
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 Ode on a Grecian Urn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The poem captures aspects of Keats's idea of "Negative Capability"; we do not know who the figures are on the urn, what they are doing and where they are going.
The uncertainty, doubt, and mystery continues: readers are divided whether the poem advocates the beauty and truth of the urn, or if in reality Keats believes that anything of any real worth is, paradoxically, to be found in the transient world.
Ode on a Grecian Urn was also mentioned in William Faulkner's short story, "The Bear."
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ode_on_a_Grecian_Urn   (425 words)

 Poetry X » Poetry Archives » John Keats » "Ode On A Grecian Urn" » Poetry Xtras
But the Grecian Urn is the finest, even though it has fancy rather than imagination, for never was fancy more exquisite.
The most conspicuous idea—the emptying of the town because its folk are away at play in the tale of the antique urn—is merely a fancy, and a most antic fancy—a prank; it is an irony of man, a rallying of art, a mockery of time, a burlesque of poetry, divine with tenderness.
The Ode to Autumn is an exterior ode, and not in so high a rank, but lovely and perfect.
poetry.poetryx.com /poems/326/xtras   (309 words)

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