Ode On A Grecian Urn

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m, and to try to understand its significance, then he/she will be left behind it, none-the-wiser. In Ode on a Grecian Urn, Keats states “heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter .” The elements are that tangible and noticeable are important, but it is the unseen or unnoticed elements that hold a greater meaning. The noticeable elements, such as the people, the towns, and the material possessions only last for a short time, so they are sweet while they last, but the unseen elements, such as love, happiness, messages, cultures, and beliefs, are sweeter because they accompany time as it changes from one event to the next, as they do through the urn, delivered by its art to Keats. He additionally states “soft pipes, play…show more content…
The time continually moves forward, no matter the order that the events are arranged in, in order to bring the past to the present, as it did with the urn in Ode . In my opinion, I find that I support Keats definition on the flow of time. To explain, I shall compare and contrast the two definitions. Keats defines the process of the flow of time as a transport in order for elements from the past, such as emotions and messages, to survive past their current time and last into the future. The flow of time serves as a way for the people of the future, such as Keats, to be reminded of the values and beliefs of the certain civilization or group during that time, so that the people may learn from the past and will not forget what is important to themselves. For Price, however, the flow of time is another form of the process where the Real Time moves from one event to the next, except that the planning of the events extends to the future. With this in mind, I support Keats’s definition, as the flow of time serves its own purpose in the continual progression of time, just as the Real Time had its own purpose as well. The urn survives through time to tell us nothing at all, yet the
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