February 19, 2007

Kent and Keats: A Grammatical Disconnection

Kent, ''On the Third Stanza of Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn''' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Both urn and ode are finally dependent on a beholder, a reader, to give life to to image and typograhical symbol -- to animate by imagination...All art is, finally, dependent" (Keesey 115).

I really can appreciate the approach that Kent had taken toward Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn." He explains the importance behind the plethera of grammatical devices used by Keats in order to display an art that not many readers (including myself) have truly noticed before. I agree with Kent when he describes in his essay that there is a certain dependency associated with the grammatical uses by Keats. But here is the question, is the art really dependent? How can the art of the poem be dependent when such imagination is used? Can't I just take the McDonald approach toward Keats? Too many questions still that leave me wondering the credibility behind the Kent essay.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 19, 2007 12:33 AM
Comments

I too doubted the Kent essay at some points. I don't totally agree with him and yet...that's the beauty of literature. It is just one idea among many. It is the reader who decides what to take from the text and the poem...the criticism is merely a guide.

Posted by: Nessa at February 19, 2007 3:34 PM

I would say that the art is dependant. I know that this is the formalist approach, but what I think Kent is trying to get across is that the text can only take a reader so far. It is possible to analyze the text and see what Keats wrote, but it is also the imagination of the reader that brings those words to life. Maybe there is a bit of reader response theory in the essay. Thoughts?

Posted by: Tiffany at February 20, 2007 4:30 PM

Tiffany, I concur.

Kent is only trying to show that the text is important because of the different uses of language and literary elements; however, the text can only allow a reader to get so much. The imagination or the response of the reader is what, as Tiffany said, brings the text to life.

Posted by: Denamarie at February 21, 2007 10:13 PM
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