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John Keats Ode On A Grecian Urn

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John Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn", which you just heard, demonstrates many of the characteristics of a romantic piece of literature. The form of the poem is an Ode addressed to an inanimate object. In the Romantic period, an element of Romantic poetry was a lack of convention for time and space. Through Keats poetic form, he brings to life scenes painted on a 2000-year-old urn and the spirit of the artist who created it. Anther quality of Romanticism is movement and action. By describing the still life painted onto the urn as if it were living, Keats makes it as though he is watching the scenes play out to him as he ...view middle of the document...

One of Keats' examples of imagery is found at the beginning of the second stanza when he writes, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter." This leaves the reader feeling a sense of sweetness about the pipers melodies.Irony is the discrepancy of what is expected to happen and what really does happen. "Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss," is ironic because generally one would think of lovers kissing ,but, these two will never be able to show their affection. Irony is a widely used technique because it has the ability to create vivid twists in the plot that make it much more exciting to read.Hyperbole is a literary term is often used in short stories and poems where the author exaggerates or overstates what he means. In "Ode on a Grecian Urn" Keats writes, "More happy love! More happy, happy love!" The boy in the story could not have such an overwhelming love for a carving on an urn.A paradox is a term that conveys truth, which is used when Keats writes, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty - that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know." This is a great example of a paradox revealing a truth about life.A symbol is anything that has a meaning of its own but also stands for something beyond itself. In the poem, the urn was symbolic of eternity because it would always be in its preserved state.The reason I choose Ode on a Grecian Urn was due to the fact that it was the only one of Keats' odes which didn't speak about fading away.

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