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I need your help for my term paper!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:38 am
by topmichelle
Hi, everyone! I want to apply the principles of psychobiography to interpret Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn". So, I wonder you could offer me some information about Keats's psychobiography and show me any phallic or yonic symbols that apear in this poem.Thank you so much!! :oops:

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:18 am
by Saturn
I have never heard of psychobiography :shock:

And what is yonic?


PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:40 am
by Becky
aren't vases yonic? Or am I getting confused? Explain!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:14 pm
by topmichelle
psychobiograph is a kind of literary criticism. urn, i think, is a yonic symbol.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:17 pm
by Saturn
But what does yonic mean?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:37 pm
by Malia
Hmmm. . .I couldn't find a definition for "yonic" in my on-line dictionary but I'm guessing that it must have something to do with the symbolic representation of female anatomy--just as phallic deals with symbolic representations of male anatomy. Just a guess, though!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:58 pm
by darthoutis
Um, well, a vase <i>can</i> be yonic but not necessarily.

I would agree that in "Ode to a Grecian Urn," the urn can represent the female genitalia. The opening line of the poem, "Thou still unravished bride of quietness," certainly suggests this interpretation, since "ravishing" is a synonym for rape. So if the urn correlates to the female genitalia, then the potential violator would be time. Of course, since the urn is a work of art, it is immune to the destruction of time unlike the mortal existence of the poet.

For precedents glossing "ravishing" as rape, I would look to the end of Donne's sonnet "Batter my heart, O three person God." The entire poem presents a disturbing image of God raping the soul of the speaker.

As far as applying psychoanalytics to this poem, I'm sure Keats' mental state influenced the writing of this poem as with all of his other works.