The Themes Of John Keats's Ode On A Grecian Urn

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It is said that John Keats has a depressing style of writing, which many could not understand the answer to if they had not learned about his life. Since Keats was constantly surrounded by death and loss, he found writing about it was his only way of expression. His poems mainly consisted of the themes such as fear of death, loss of time, and love. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a 5 stanza, 10 line work of art done by the poet John Keats. This poem is extremely confusing even to experts today, in the sense of its wording. “Ode on a Grecian Urn” was written as Keats was admiring the extravagant work of an artist on an urn. Keats is jealous of the people in the drawings because they are not changing. For example, they do not have feelings or…show more content…
In this quote, Keats is describing what it will be like for people when he is gone. For example, they will be “parched” for more poems from him, and have a “burning” to get more. On top of this they will be extremely sad, or “high-sorrowed.” The poem “This living hand, now warm and capable” perfectly goes with this theme and quote, as Keats writes: “This living hand, now warm and capable/Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold/And in the icy silence of the tomb,” (1-3). In writing this, Keats is saying how although he is alive and doing well, he will be gone very soon, and won’t be able to write…show more content…
Keats wrote this to express the idea that just because he will be gone, Fanny, or the “tree”, will never be lonely or “bare”. He also expresses the idea that despite she will not be lonely, they will not be able to kiss after Keats dies, and they need to take advantage of being together while they still can. In “Bright Star,” Keats compares his love of Fanny to a star, as he says: “Bright star, would I were as thou art--” (1). By doing so, he is saying that his love for her is unchanging and constant. Keats also uses the star analogy to describe Fanny Brawne’s beauty, which is again, unchanging and
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