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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats (1820) •British Romantic Poet •Part of the Fab Five: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Lord Bryon, Shelley, Keats •Romantic tradition: love of classical forms, elevating the common man (very influenced by the French Revolution), anti-establishment, highly philosophical by nature, considered quite avant-garde *Composed after viewing the Elgin Marbles on exhibition at the British Museum in London. This is a picture of the one he supposedly reflected on. Saturday, November 12, 11 A variety of paradoxes that compare the urn’s art form and the poet’s own art. The speaker is just an observer-periodically speaks to the urn and also to the reader. • works of art and real life • truth and beauty • frozen images and dynamic emotions • mortality and imoortality • the transient/human and the eternal/unchageable • ancient/classical Greece and comtemporary society • the art of poetry and the art of stonework and painting, etc. Saturday, November 12, 11 Stanza 1 to the urn the urn Does “still” modify “unravished” or “bride”? How would it change the meaning? 2. virgin/in tact/pure/untouched 3. married to quietness? Why quiet? Silent? Unemotional? Frozen in time? 1. still/quiet/unmoving/frozen Thou still unravished bride of quietness, Thou foster child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express 4. Foster child/adopted/created for 5. Not a question: a statement. A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape Of deities or mortals, or of both, In Tempe or the dales of Arcady? { What consonant sounds are repeated both alliteratively and as consonance? What men or gods are these? What maidens loath? What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy? Rhyme scheme: ababcdedce Meter:

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