Ode To Grecian Urn Essay

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ODE ON GRACIAN URN- JOHN KEATS The given lines are from the poem Ode on Grecian Urn, (1820), considered as one on the best works of John Keats. Keats in the poem tries to relate life and art by exploring the limitations of the artistic truth with the help of mimesis[1], according to which this ode is four times removed from reality, the actual urn, which sequentially portrays the poem as the original colored paining but with the perception of the artist. Hence it is a possibility that the urn, is actually not, what he describes it to be. Through the poem, readers only get Keats’ perception of the urn, as they have not seen the urn themselves. This furthers the fact that the poem is meant to be an ekphrasis on the urn, which is the graphic or a dramatic description of the urn as a representation of art. This rhetorical device tries to relate one medium of art that is poetry in this case to the other medium that is pottery painting. Thus truth or reality, by defining and describing the urn, enhances the original urn but also helps it take a life of its own. “Ode on a Grecian urn” is written in the form of an ode, which is a lengthy lyrical song, serious in subject matter, elevated in its diction and style, and often elaborate in its stanza structure. This ode is written to describe a particular piece of art, which is the Grecian urn, in an extended meditation, which stimulates, and focuses on a universal situation but takes on a new perspective as the poet reflects on the paintings or the figures drawn on the urn. This poem consists of five stanzas; each stanza has ten lines written in iambic pentameter, a pattern of rhythm (meter) that assigns ten syllables to each line. These stanzas present a scene, and describe and comment on what it shows. Keats in the poem tries to relate life and art by exploring the limitations of the artistic truth as with the help
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