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February 11, 2007

EL312: Our Own Thoughts on the Urn Ode

I appreciated the set-up of this essay. Austin went through the arguments he explained at the beginning, coming to a conclusion at the end in the way he explained one should come to a conclusion. This is helpful (since some of our other readings have seemed a little willy-nilly jumping bean style).

This interpretation fully meets the criterion of coherence (relating meaning to the author's psychological and philosophical stance). Although we cannot establish that Keats believed consistently in eternity, we can establish that he tentatively proposes the idea and that he undoubtedly hoped for the kind of eternity he imagines. (51)

At this point, I think Austin hits the meat of the argument (in the criticism incorporating author intent). While I still have my own thoughts about the last few lines of the poem, I find Austin's approach worthwhile (yes, I just said I think author intent might be worthwhile).

Austin, ''Toward Resolving Keats's Grecian Urn Ode -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at February 11, 2007 3:54 PM


Austin's interpretation is certainly no where near what I was considering, but it was interesting to read about all the (6!) different ways of viewing this poem. And while I, like you, don't like to delve into the personal life of the author in order to find meaning, looking at Keat's own works to find insight into his thoughts about eternity seems justified.

Posted by: Nessa at February 12, 2007 11:44 AM

Within my critical exercise for this paper, I talked about Austins' reference to Hirsch's idea of coherence and correspondence that would help determine which of the six perspectives may be the most likely for the overall intent of the poem.

I also enjoyed this essay mainly because of all the different interpretations Austin had and the way he talked about whether or not this is likely to be the intent.

The way he also looked into letters of Keats to piece together the possibility of his fascination of eternity added some personal life perspective that for this poem was justified.

Posted by: Denamarie at February 14, 2007 1:07 PM

I'll tell you what...Austin really helped me write my exercise for class. I learned to actually take an interpretation of authorial intent, without looking for the author's background. Many writers would love to look at the fact that Keats was 25 years old when he died of tuberculosis, but an interpretation can be made about authorial intent by looking at the conventions and ideas behind the Romanticists in the 1700's. I think that this essay also focused on a Reader-response method, but that is in a few weeks. By the way, thanks for the help on what Formalism really is.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at February 14, 2007 4:26 PM

It's great to see this feedback on how the readings are helping you to do the exercises. Keep the responses and ideas flowing... I'm very pleased by the way I've seen you taking risks and rolling up your sleeves to engage with some challenging material.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz Author Profile Page at February 14, 2007 5:50 PM

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