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Ode on a Grecian Urn
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Ode on a Grecian Urn Analysis
Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay
Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...
Form and Meter
Ode in Iambic PentameterThe Romantics, and Keats in particular, did for the modern ode what Bach did for the fugue or what Bill Gates did for the personal computer. It’s their turf, and you c...
Our speaker is too good for this world. He has his head so far in the clouds it’s a wonder he’s not in outer space. He’s the very definition of the word "Romantic." For one thing,...
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" has two settings: the speaker’s world and the world of the urn. Compared to the fantasy on the urn, the speaker’s world feels small and intimate: it consists of t...
Have you ever fooled around with a radio by turning the volume dial up and down, up and down? That’s what hearing this poem is like. You’ve got the same basic "song" playing underneath:...
What's Up With the Title?
It wasn’t terribly common to see the word "Ode" in a title until the Romantics came along in the 19th century. The Romantics delivered literary CPR to this ancient form and made it their own...
Anachronistic DictionWhat the heck does "anachronistic diction" mean? "Diction" is the way someone talks, and "anachronistic" refers to something that belongs to another time. If some girl were to...
(7) Snow LineThe Romantic poets were often accused of sacrificing clarity of meaning for the sake of sound, and this poem makes that trade-off in several places, notably the end. Also, it uses old-...
Keats’s "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is an example of ekphrasis, or a work of art about another work of art in a different medium. It’s a poem about an sculpted urn. One of the first and most...
RYou only have to scratch the surface of this old-fashioned sounding poem to discover the steamy, pulsing, "panting" heart beneath.
Historical ReferencesGrecian Urn (title)Sylvan (line 3)Tempe (line 7)Arcady (line 7)
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