ode to whatever

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ode to whatever

Postby rnots » Fri Mar 05, 2004 7:33 am

I have to explicate one of the odes. The response only has to be 500 words long but I don't understand what any of the odes are talking about. Please, if you understand the meaning behind one of the odes, any of them, it would really help me. Thanks :D

Ode on A Grecian Urn

Postby MonroeDoctrine » Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:26 pm

This Ode is crucial for comprehending Keats; what I recommend you think about is, "what is Keats not saying."

When you look at an object weither it be a Greek Urn or not, your mind employs certain thoughts to it. When you look at a quarter, to the extent the character on the coin might mean anything to you is insofar as much as your mind reacts to the character on the coin. When Keats is looking at the Urn he is taking you through certain thoughts which he is imposing on the object as well as describe the motion that is almost intrinsic in all classical Greek Art.

One thing I can say is that Keats never really wants you to "get" what he is saying: he wants you to think!
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