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Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ode on a Grecian Urn


by John Keats

Ode on a Grecian Urn Resources


Keats Captured on Tape! (Not Really)

A well-done by slightly creepy animated video of Keats "reading" his ode.

"Ode on a Grecian Urn" Video

This video is helpful because it features pictures of urns and paintings about life in Ancient Greece.


Classical Keats

A musical setting of the poem by a contemporary composer

"To Autumn"

A great article and reading of "To Autumn," one of Keats’s five great odes.


Keats’s Tomb

Keats was buried in Rome, and his tomb is decorated with the image of a lyre, the symbol of lyric poetry.

Marble Urn

A picture of a marble urn, the kind that the speaker of the poem is looking at.


A painting by the American Romantic Thomas Cole depicting Arcady as a craggy, lush, windswept landscape.

Historical Documents

"Negative Capability"

One of Keats’s biggest contributions to literary criticism was the idea of Negative Capability.


The earliest known manuscript of Keats’s "Ode on a Grecian Urn," from 1819.


Posthumous Keats, by Stanley Plumly

A recent book exploring the myth of Keats’s early death.

The Life of John Keats, by Charles Armitage Brown

A memoir written by Keats’s good friend Charles Brown.



Includes an introduction, biography, and letters. A good place to start your Keatsian odyssey.

Romantic Audience Project

Includes poems, prose, essays, and historical documents. A great resource from the university crowd.

English History.net

A more in-depth look at the poet with lots of images and two biographies.


A basic introduction to Keats with a good selection of his poems.

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