A Critical Analysis of Ode on a Grecian Urn Essay

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A Critical Analysis of Ode on a Grecian Urn

The Romantic Period introduced a variety of writing styles. The authors of the

early eighteenth century altered many of the earlier romantic pieces. The early writers

primary area of concern was nature. It was not until the ladder part of the eighteenth

century that authors began to focus on the supernatural as well as nature. John Keats

unique style of writing gave the world a great respect for his work. Keats felt his poetry

should effect the readers emotions, and only great poetry could move the reader to the

point of enjoyment. In doing this Keats felt the only way to achieve his goal of "moving his

audience" was to surrender to uncertainties,
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Life is halted and can never continue from this point. The fair youth, the Bold Lover, the

trees of spring, and the season spring, can ever leave their endless deeds. Immortality of

the town is shown. "What little town by river or seashore, Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel, Is empitied of this folk, this pious morn? And, little town, thy streets forevermore Will be silent be…" (lines 35 -- 39).

The town will never see people inhibiting it, bringing loneliness and immorality throughout

the town. These are the advantages mortality give to the living. The themes of

immortality and morality can be seen throughout "Ode of a Grecian Urn." The

unchanging marble of the urn can be considered immortal just as the tale displayed on the

urn. The fact that the tale on the urn can never change shows the disadvantage of being

immortal and the reason why morality can be better.

The poem begins by probing the reader with a series of questions presented by the

speaking subject. Keats then permits the urn to speak without speaking , to "express a

flowery tale more sweetly than rhyme." Keats has trouble getting outside of the answers he

continually struggle with during his writing career. He presents a series of questions he

expects the urn, or the representative of the urn to answer. Scott says, "the

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