February 25, 2007

Talking Pictures: Brann and "The Ode"

Brann, ''Pictures in Poetry: Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Indeed, there is no purer way of insuring that poetry will be strictly picture-like than to make it speak about a picture" (Keesey 245).

I really enjoyed the idea of talking pictures as reality in relation between formalism and mimetic criticism. We all know how crucial the urn is to Keats's poem, but now we have another reason why according to Brann. Because of the images provided by the text of Keats, the reader is able to find meaning behind the text. I do not think that we find realism, as much as we find a meaning, which is actually more of a formalistic criticism than a mimetic. There are flaws in Brann's essay, including where the actual realism occurs in the poem. There is not really an elemental truth, except for that beauty and truth are equal to each other. I am still slightly confused on whether the Urn is important to the reality of the society, or whether the Ode on the Urn becomes the perspective of reality. It is debatable either way, one question still lingers if the Urn is important. How is the urn realistic to anyone? That is the question that I pose to you.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 25, 2007 10:19 PM

So, in essence, did Brann waste her time applying a flawed form of criticism to reach a conclusion that could have been better-reached using formalism?

Posted by: Dave Moio at February 28, 2007 8:54 PM

I don't know that it would necessarily be a better-reached criticism using formalism, because Brann uses reality to help the critic understand realistic issues behind the urn and the author's interpretation. I think that actually, we can find a better argument with authorial intent, rather than anything else.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at April 4, 2007 9:56 PM
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