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Postby gabrielromero » Sun Sep 11, 2005 12:11 pm

Im doing an essay on 'ode on a grecian um' but im having troubles understanding the poem and therefore having even more difficulty answering the question. Im asked to offer a detailed close analysis of keats significant poetic methods and concerns!! any minor help would be greatly appreciated.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:25 pm

Well, let's start with a question: what do you think Keats is trying to say with this poem? Any ideas at all? To whom/what is he speaking? What images is he describing?

Here are a few other things to consider that might make the task a little easier. Note the title (that should help you understand the context), and think about what a 'Grecian urn' is. . . it is a 'jar', if you will, depicting pastoral figures of an earlier time (ancient Greece). Think about how the images Keats is describing are related to the urn, and why it is important that he is describing an ancient artifact as opposed to, for example, some piece of art from his own time, and that should help you to get a general idea of what the poem is about.

Also, don't be overwhelmed with the length. The poem is divided into stanzas, to take each one by itself and try and figure out the general idea of each before diving in and trying to get an overall picture.

Hope that helps!
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