April 23, 2007

A writing on the Ode

Finally, a critic that just comes out and says it. When looking at the historical background of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" no one can say what urn Keats is talking about!


Scholars interested in more culturally prestigious sources have attempted, without success, to discover on specific urn that Keats might have seen and used as his model. Ian Jack has concluded that Keats probably drew on a number of museum-pieces that he had seen, or seen drawings of, and constructed a composite ideal urn from their details.

I have to say that when I read those lines above I smiled a little inside. I have heard it said over and over again that no one can place whether a real urn was used for this poem or not, and I have never been sure what to believe because I have not seen it in writing anywhere whether this has happened or not happened. Well, now I have. It makes complete sense for this poem to have been put together through the pieces that Keats has seen. Actually I think that it makes more sense than it probably did before because now the "Grecian" part of this poem is a bit more broad. Granted there might be an urn out there somewhere that is similar to the one found in the poem, but I doubt it because the images are so different. Can't wait to discuss this one in class....

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

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 23, 2007 7:09 PM | TrackBack
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