And, little town, thy streets for evermore Will silent be; and not a soul to tell Why thou art desolate, can e'er return. Yet, why would someone, especially a young poet, long for love with no kissing, a bliss never to be had? One way to parse the phrase is to say that objects and scenes of great beauty contain some form of truth for the beholder. If you haven't guessed already, we're referring to John Keats, the young poet who is best known for his set of five Odes that were literary masterpieces, which reflected skills that were unfortunately never shown much appreciation during his short lifetime. The rhyme scheme is split into two parts, with the final three lines of each stanza varying slightly. And, little town, thy streets for evermore Will silent be; and not a soul, to tell Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.
Where in Stanza 2, the urn was presented as being in an eternity of love and bliss, here it has changed to being eternally 'desolate'. Who are these coming to the sacrifice? This shows Keats' shifting feelings about the urn. You will enjoy its beauty and power. What men or gods are these? My favorite readers of this poem, , W. Happy are the trees on the urn, for they can never lose their leaves.
What is this mad pursuit? The third stanza has the volume way up, with the speaker close to hysteria. He unfortunately never got a chance to celebrate the fruits of his hard work or witness the kind of impact he had. In the second and third stanzas, he examines the picture of the piper playing to his lover beneath the trees. Diction is determined by vocabulary and syntax, and it refers to the writer's choice and ordering of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, like similes and metaphors. Nor ever can those trees be bare 7. And, little town, thy streets for evermore Will silent be; and not a soul to tell Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.
Keats then turns back to the imagery of the wild chase between the lovers and says that they will always have a passion, but will never be able to share a kiss. The maidens are probably the nymphs of classical mythology. Who are these coming to the sacrifice? If it is the urn addressing mankind, then the phrase has rather the weight of an important lesson, as though beyond all the complications of human life, all human beings need to know on earth is that beauty and truth are one and the same. A personality for Bradshaw 6. The youth, the maiden, and the musical instrument are, as it were, caught and held permanently by being pictured on the urn.
At least until the poem starts talking about the content of the urn. He is preoccupied with its depiction of pictures frozen in time. Is this why the pastoral scene is cold and remote, not warm and present? For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd, For ever panting, and for ever young; All breathing human passion far above, That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd, A burning forehead, and a parching tongue. Addressing the fair youth, the poet corrals him in a series of canst nots and nor evers. What men or gods are these? Who are these gods or men carved or painted on the urn? Keats had also seen much illness and early death in his work as an apprentice surgeon. There are debates over both Keats's intended meaning and the veracity of the aphorism.
The last two lines are a further reminder of man's mortality and inevitable death. Then the tone swerves again as the idealistic vision dissolves, and we return to reality. It does not use any idiomatic expressions, contractions or slang, and it uses few common and simple words. Fair urn, Keats says, adorned with figures of men and maidens, trees and grass, you bring our speculations to a point at which thought leads nowhere, like meditation on eternity. I read it thrice I have read John Keats many times, and to me he is of of the master of the English language of any language for that matter. For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd, For ever panting, and for ever young; All breathing human passion far above, That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd, A burning forehead, and a parching tongue. On line 7, he introduces the contrast of mortality and immortality, with 'deities or mortals'.
Split into five verses stanzas of ten lines each, and making use of fairly rigid iambic pentameter, Ode on a Grecian Urn is very carefully put together. But that took away from his free time and writing, and eventually he returned to his true calling. Ode on a Grecian Urn activity sheet In the final couplet, is Keats saying that pain is beautiful? The speaker attempts three times to engage with scenes carved into the urn; each time he asks different questions of it. Sandals were the common footwear. Ditto with the second stanza. Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd, Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone: Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare; Bold lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal - yet, do not grieve; She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair! It is largely a matter of personal interpretation which reading to accept. In stanza I, Keats confined himself to suggesting a scene by questions.
In attempting to identify with the couple and their scene, the narrator reveals that he covets their ability to escape from the temporary nature of life. The theme of perpetuation is brought up by the images where the piper got to play his song forever, the guy who could never kiss the girl under a tree yet the beauty stayed with the girl forever, the tree that would never sh … ed its leaves etc. He died when most people still thought he was a crummy poet. He believes the urn represents beauty and truth and will continue to portray this message. Unlike informal diction, which contains contractions and other less-than-formal language, formal diction consists of impersonal, dignified and elevated uses of language. Who are these reluctant maidens? He is tempted by their escape from temporality and attracted to the eternal newness of the piper's unheard song and the eternally unchanging beauty of his lover. What little town by river or sea shore, Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel, Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn? He also seems insecure with himself as he suggests that the urn teases him and throws him into a chaotic thought process.
The first stanza of the poem is filled with questions; the last, with none. His song can never end nor the trees ever shed their leaves. What little town by river or sea shore, Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel, Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn? The first is full of frenzied action and the actors are men, or gods, and maidens. And the urn depicted in the poem is Grecian. Keats uses romanticism when scrutinizing the urn.
Stone Cold's Can of Whoop Ass 1. Does it speak to us through time, or are its silence and distance incomprehensible? This issue is further discussed at the bottom of this page. The men wore their hair short, and the women tied their hair up into a chignon. This, Keats seems to be telling us, is one of the pleasurable contributions of art to man. We will provide you with a line-by-line breakdown of the summary, followed by an in-depth analysis of the poem. Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-fring'd legend haunts about thy shape Of deities or mortals, or of both, In Tempe or the dales of Arcady? The speaker is a romantic, which is reflected with the way he describes and converses with the different images depicted on the urn. Who is being addressed--the poet, the urn, or the reader? Most of the poem centers on the story told in the images carved on the side of one particular urn.