John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn

1778 Words Feb 26th, 2018 7 Pages
The urn acts as a time machine which guides the poetic persona into the antique Greek culture, which faded into oblivion and obscurity throughout the centuries. However this urn still captures the essence of this ancient yet golden age. John Keats is one of the most celebrated English romantic poets. He is often called as the Poet of Beauty, because of his very passionate and emotional writing style. The detailed and neat images are very typical of his work, it helps the reader to get more involved in the world of the poem. He wrote a few other odes, but Ode on a Grecian Urn is probably his most famous one. The title itself is to express and orientate the reader about the situation, since the word ''urn'' is never articulated. The poetic persona speaks to a Grecian Urn. Ode was a very popular genre among poets back then in the 19th century, they were written in a sublime style and they portray a very emotional and elated state of mind. The romantic poets, such as Keats used to admire the Greek culture, it was a popular theme to write about, because it was full of beauty. In this poem the urn serves as an ornamental element. By the word Grecian Keats tries to refer to the fact that this urn does not belong to his world, it is more of a relic that left behind. It represents an ancient, antique world. Time plays a crucial…
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