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'Ode on a Grecian Urn' vs Gray's 'Elegy...'

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 pm
by Savolover
Hi, Everyone. I am a 1st year literature student who is quickly developing a deep admiration for Keats' poetry. For my end of semester essay, I have chosen to discuss themes of ageing and death in 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' and Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'. I would like to comment a little on the Poets' contrasting styles and wondered if the members of this learn'ed community had any thoughts. Keats, whilst being grouped with the 'romantics', seems to differ in style hugely from Wordsworth and to a lesser extent, Coleridge. Where does Keats' style sit? Whilst it retains (Neo)classicist or Augustan themes, I'm sure it can't be categorized as such. 'The Elegy' I suspect, is closer to 'Augustan' as it uses classical imagery and retains a fairly strict/balanced style.
Don't be too hard on me, I'm new to literary criticism. Any thoughts you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Re: 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' vs Gray's 'Elegy...'

PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:16 pm
by Raphael