April 18, 2007

Garson and Keats's Historical Knowledge

Garson, 'Bodily Harm" Keats's Figures in the 'Ode on a Grecian Urn''' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Keats's project has as its prototype the very historical process that made the urn accessible to him in the first place -- the process of cultural and national appropriation" (Garson 458).

Garson create a completely different side of the urn that we are not necessarily used to after the other interpretations of the urn. Last week, the ambiguity of the urn is more meaningful than anything else. We have also seen in the past how Keats reads the urn, and how we we read the urn ourselves, but for once, we are looking at how the Grecian Urn actually comes to life, how the Grecian culture becomes more about possession of a culture than a reading of the urn itself. Once again, there is a representation of history, but there is also an emphasis on the symbolism behind the urn, especially a cultural emphasis.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at April 18, 2007 3:40 PM

You are right in the fact that the interpretation of the urn comes from it's Greek culture. I had posted a question on my blog about who really "owned" the culture and questioned her relevance, but as a whole, I really enjoyed her interpretation.

Posted by: Erin at April 23, 2007 8:54 PM
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