Beuty + Truth = Urn?

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Beuty + Truth = Urn?

Postby Despondence » Thu Aug 26, 2004 1:01 pm

Well here's a familiar topic. To my embarrassment, I have not actually read any analyses on the Ode to a Grecian Urn, and I do not know what the biographies say.

Reading Shakespeare's "The Phoenix and the Turtle," I couldn't help but wonder if it might have inspired or influenced Keats; what with all the beauty and truth that is tossed around - and even an urn. What do the biographies say about this?

Let me copy a few lines from the "Phoenix" to show you what I mean:

BEAUTY, truth, and rarity,
Grace in all simplicity,
Here enclosed in cinders lie.
...
Truth may seem, but cannot be;
Beauty brag, but 'tis not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.

To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair;
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.
Despondence
 

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