February 16, 2007

That Crazy Keat's

"The lifeless desolation of art uncovered by the ode's fourth stanza is thus already implied by the grammatical and rhetorical elements of the third stanza and, in particular, by its dependent quality" (Kent 115).

As a formalist reading, I understand how one has to read the text "as is". Yet, I'm not sure how I feel about breaking up the stanzas and interpretting them each differently, instead of taking them as a whole. In Kent's "On the Third Stanza of Keat's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'" If a poem was written as a whole, then shouldn't it be read as such? Each stanza might have a different meaning and idea to it (as it should) but they should then be interpretted together. To look at it this way is to make a stanza its own poem as Kent notes in the third stanza's "dependent quality".

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

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