This makes poetry an ideal literature to be analyzed through the literary theory of Formalism. In the second and third stanzas, he examines the picture of the piper playing to his lover beneath the trees. Indeed, when one least expects it. Roman Governmental Influence: There was almost a caste system of sorts, an upper class of government which consisted of the Senatorial class which were rich and had much political clout. While studying at John Clarke's school, he met Charles Cowden Clarke, the headmaster's son, who introduced Keats to Renaissance work, and thus, he became both a mentor and friend. When you hear 'urn,' you might think of those containers you put your dead relatives in after they've been cremated or something like that. Summary: Keats directly addresses a Grecian urn -- a symbol of timelessness and aesthetic beauty -- and contrasts this object's version of the world with the vicissitudes of real life.
Originally, I believed the final message was going to be that one should be an optimist, so that even if there is no change one will still be happy. Indeed, the sounds of silence from art is akin to vastness of space and time. Keats then turns back to the imagery of the wild chase between the lovers and says that they will always have a passion, but will never be able to share a kiss. His groundbreaking poetry created a paradigm shift in the way poetry was composed and comprehended. It's time to kind of sum it all up. Keats uses vivid imagery to depict two lovers touching for the first time.
He wonders to which altar the priest is leading the sacrificial cow to, the one that was adorned with colorful garlands. The poem pulls images, figures, and ideas from the ceaseless flow of life and distills them for study and reflection. In the third stanza, the speaker praises the urn for its eternal youth and zeal. While Keats stares at the urn, he expresses wonderment, lust, happiness, and many more emotions towards the beauty of the stories. We don't need to go in search of deeper meanings, but just acknowledge what's in front of us.
It was only possible in a world populated by deities. As in other odes, this is only a general rule, true of some stanzas more than others; stanzas such as the fifth do not connect rhyme scheme and thematic structure closely at all. The poem is notable which is important for its persuasive conclusion as well as profound meditation process about the general natural beauty. He says that the lovers would always share the excitement of the chase, hot and panting because of it considered and allusion for the act of sex and they remain eternally youthful. Some critics feel that Keats is saying that Art is superior to Nature.
So, Keats starts thinking about where these drawings on the urn might have come from - where they're coming from in the picture. Yet the pictured urn can do something for them and for succeeding generations as long as it will last. He's a Romantic poet, and he wrote it in 1819 along with a bunch of other odes - he was kind of going through a little bit of an 'ode period. Before we get to 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' we're going to talk about Grecian urns in general. Keats is speculated to have been born anywhere from October 29th to the 31st in either the year 1795 or 1796.
This poem is very joyful and fun to read because the author is very creative in his choice of words and phrases. Although they are practically unheard of in present day, they set the stage for all future civilizations ahead of them. He wonders about the figures on the side of the urn and asks what legend they depict and from where they come. This also means the kiss that this man desires so much can never happen. The poet uses an external object, a Grecian urn, to provoke the reader to contemplate the same aesthetic conflict which has preoccupied him and his fellow Romantic poets so deeply.
Although it seems fitting, the personality of Keats does not decide the final message of the poem. The first is full of frenzied action and the actors are men, or gods, and maidens. In stanza two, John Keats introduces the scene of two young lovers on the urn to show idealized love. Analysis Keats has created a Greek urn in his mind and has decorated it with three scenes. Keats, a die heart romantic, ventures on to capture not only what the sculpture might have intended but also what the flight of poet's fancy could produce from yonder lands. The speaker also has a complicated relationship with the plants and vegetation of the poem. Ode on a Grecian Urn Summary In the first stanza, the speaker stands before an ancient Grecian urn and addresses it.
After reading it several times, I noted the following observations on the title as part of my analysis: Title Analysis: The first question I have is in regards to the title. Indeed, the final wisdom of the urn has been a source of ongoing debate among poets, readers, and scholars for the last two centuries. Really he's just saying that, you know, as good as music is that you play and you hear - literal music - the music that the man is playing on the urn that's kind of frozen in time and you obviously can't hear because it's just a painting is better because it's kind of there and it never ends. Two very well known eras of writing are the Romantic Period and the Victorian Period. If humans no longer need to strive to create the perfect beautiful form in whatever medium, then it frees them to be imperfect.