"Among Keats's readers the sympathy is usually for the would-be ravisher, not for the potential victim." Garson p 456
I can't believe I didn't think of this!!! Honestly, for how many times I have read "Ode on a Grecian Urn," it never struck me strange that I felt so bad for the guy you couldn't "ravish" the woman of his desire. I would actually like to get opinions from you guys on this one. Do you think Keats wanted us be feel sympathy for a possible rapist?
I don't think that is his point, but after reading this aspect of Garson's article I started looking at the poem in a different way. Why do we feel sorry for the would-be ravisher? Is it because Keats uses aesthetics to glorify the subject matter on the urn?
Some times I can't help but hate these articles because they change my opinion on the literature in negative ways. I don't want to think about my sympathy towards a possible rapist. I wish sometimes I could just stay in my own little literary world. Now I'm just babbling, so please let me know what you think about this quote and Keats's intentions.
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