Ode on a Grecian Urn

November 5, 2007

I found this poem to be VERY sexual. the “unravish’d bride” of quietness, slow time. I thought that the flowery tale was a connection to the “flower” or a loss of virginity..the poem continues to say what men or gods, or “leaf-fring’d legend” haunt thy shape, and i think that connects directly, asking what person haunted your shape, or took away your virginity.

another thing i found interesting was the stanza that began with “Who are these coming to the sacrifice?” that entire stanza i felt had to do with the religious sense of the loss of your virginity, especially when it said “Who are these coming to the sacrifice?”

the one thing that i couldn’t understand all that much was the end of that stanza, “Will silent be; and not a soul to tell why thou art desolate, can e’er return.”   any thoughts?

The Human Seasons

October 21, 2007

Four Seasons fill the Measure of the year;
Four Seasons are there in the mind of Man.
He hath his lusty spring when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He hath his Summer, when luxuriously
He chews the honied cud of fair spring thoughts,
Till, in his Soul dissolv’d they come to be
Part of himself. He hath his Autumn ports
And Havens of repose, when his tired wings
Are folded up, and he content to look
On Mists in idleness: to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshhold brook.
He hath his Winter too of pale Misfeature,
Or else he would forget his mortal nature.

By: John Keats

 

 I thought that this poem was interesting in that it took the four seasons of the year, spring,  summer, autmn and winter, and connected them to different stages of your life.  The “lusty spring (…) that takes in all beauty with an easy span” reminded me of how when you grow up, you notice every single little detail, wanting to learn more an dmore about it. The summer i had difficulty understanding, but i think that part of it may be your teenage years, based simply because that would be the next important stage of your life where you “dream high is nearest unto heaven,” which could be looked at as reaching towards your highest goals and opportunities. The part about Autumn i think represents when you’re older and you have lived through a lot of different experiences, you sit back and enjoy life for what it’s worth, because you are going to die in the end. Winter, which is usually known as a gloomy stage in life represents death and how you choose to handle it.