Themes in the Poetry of Keats, The Enlightmnt and Romanticism…

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The Ode A lyric poem expresses the thoughts or emotions of a single speaker.
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An ode is a kind of lyric poem tht: – explores a serious topic – is written in a formal style – is often addressed to someone or something
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Diction means “word choice” By analyzing diction, readers can better understand a poem’s:
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– meaning – tone, or attitude 2wards its subject
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John Keats (1795 – 1821)
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– studied medicine but decided to bcome a poet – published his first book of poems in 1817 – died of tuberculosis at age 25 – bcame popular after his death
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#1 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” What men or gods are these? What maidens loth? What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy? What is the impact of Keats’s repetition of the word what?
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XXX D.
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#2 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu; And, happy melodist, unwearied, For ever piping songs for ever new What does the speaker say about the main topic of the passage?
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B. He praises the advantages of being frozen in time.
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#3 Read the excerpt from the poem “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles” by John Keats. Such dim-conceived glories of the brain Bring round the heart an indescribable feud; So do these wonders a most dizzy pain, That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude Wasting of old Time—with a billowy main— A sun—a shadow of a magnitude. Which theme does this passage support?
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XXX A. B.Even art is affected by the ravages of time.
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#4 Which are examples of themes? Check all that apply.
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XXX 1, 2, & 5
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#5 Read the analysis of a theme from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” One theme in “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is that art is an eternal and unchanging truth. Now, read the passage from “Solitary Reaper,” another poem from the romantic period. Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang As if her song could have no ending; I saw her singing at her work, And o’er the sickle bending;— I listen’d, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more. Which line from “Solitary Reaper” is most thematically similar to the theme of eternal art in “Ode on a Grecian Urn”?
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XXX C.
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#6 Read the passage from “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.” So do these wonders a most dizzy pain, That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude Wasting of old Time—with a billowy main— A sun—a shadow of a magnitude. Now, read the passage from “Ozymandias,” another poem from the romantic period. And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. How do the passages’ themes compare?
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XXX C.
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#7 Read the analysis of a theme from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” One theme in “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is that art is an eternal and unchanging truth. Now, read the passage from Keats’s poem “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.” So do these wonders a most dizzy pain, That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude Wasting of old Time—with a billowy main— A sun—a shadow of a magnitude. The theme of the passage relates to the theme from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by
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B. contradicting it.
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#8 Read the analysis of a theme from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” One theme in “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is that art is an eternal and unchanging truth. Now, read the passage from “Ozymandias,” another poem from the romantic period. And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. While the theme of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” focuses on how art is eternal, the theme of “Ozymandias” focuses on how
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XXX’ A.
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#9 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” 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! Based on the word choice, the speaker’s overall tone is
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XXX D.
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#10 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” And, happy melodist, unwearied, For ever piping songs for ever new; More happy love! more happy, happy love! For ever warm and still to be enjoy’d, For ever panting, and for ever young Which word in the passage expresses eagerness?
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D. panting
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Quiz (2nd attempt…):
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#1 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” 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! Which theme does the passage most convey?
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#2 is the same as #7 from the 1st attempt
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answer is b. contradicting it
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#3 is the same as #3 from the 1st attempt
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#4 Knowing that art is the _______ , or subject, of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” helps the reader understand the themes in the poem.
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topic
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#5 Read the statement from a paper comparing Keats’s poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.” While the message in “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is that art is an eternal and unchanging truth, the message in “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles” is that art changes over time. The paper is stating the poems’
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XXX C.
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#6 Read the passage from “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” 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 Keats uses the phrase “spirit ditties” to describe the
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B. songs the people on the urn appear to be playing.
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#7 is the same as #10 from the first attempt
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answer is d. panting
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#8 Keats’s word choice in “Ode on a Grecian Urn” affects the ________ , or the speaker’s attitude toward the topic of the poem.
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tone
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#9 is the same as #9 from the first attempt
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B. encouraging
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#10 Read the passage from “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.” So do these wonders a most dizzy pain, That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude Wasting of old Time—with a billowy main— A sun—a shadow of a magnitude. Now, read the passage from “Ozymandias,” another poem from the romantic period. And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. How do the passages’ themes compare?
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XXX D.

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