Ode On A Grecian Urn By John Keats

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Liana Frauenberger
Professor Chan
ENG 114
25 September 2017
How Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Reflects His Feelings and Beliefs Upon reading “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, one may notice his references to the religions and customs of ancient Greek culture, and be able to contrast these observations to those he has made about other religions. The speaker studies the urn, and sees drawings of people partaking in activities and even dealing with personal struggles. An academic journal titled, “Just Beauty: Ovid and the Argument of Keats’s “‘Ode on a Grecian Urn”’ gives more information in regard to Keats’s observations. Arnd Bohm, the author of this article, tells of religious processes mentioned by Keats in both “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and one of his earlier works titled “Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition.” In these works, Keats references two different religions and different customs being practiced. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” ideas of beauty and love are also referenced heavily. According to the speaker’s observations, the Grecian urn seems to be not only beautiful and lyrical, but also has timelessness on its side; while such qualities are not mentioned about other religions and customs.
Bohm states that Keats struggled to accept the teachings of Christianity and saw a potential for nature to serve such a purpose while writing “Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition.” (Bohm 3). In this sonnet, Keats writes: “Some other gloominess, more dreadful cares,

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