The Grecian Urn And A Blackbird Essay

1443 Words Apr 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
In Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and in Stevens’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” both authors create different perspectives of a singular object, a Grecian Urn and a Blackbird, as a focus to highlight their individual style and form while also articulating various meanings of that singular object. However, Keats uses these variations of the Grecian Urn to exemplify his romantic style by constructing longer stanzas that paint entire images and emphasize emotions generated from that image. On the other hand, Stevens’s modernist style focuses on the idea of capturing a realistic perspective. He establishes more, shorter stanzas in order to produce fragmentation of the Blackbird to reinforce his modernistic style. Although, as a whole, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” differs in form and style, the individual stanzas share common implications. Both authors develop the motif of time as a way to convey that love and beauty can withstand the constant effects of time. Despite Keats’s romanticist style and Stevens’s attempt to deviate from this old form of poetry by writing in a modernist style, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” still has more connections to “Ode on a Grecian Urn” than differences through similarities in both the form and common messages produced from individual stanzas. Throughout both poems, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” Keats and Stevens frequently use stanzas to…

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