Perceiving the Grecian Urn In the first stanza, we have a person observing the old Grecian urn, thinking about the urn, trying to figure out its depiction of pictures frozen in time. It is the "still unravish'd bride of quietness," the "foster-child of silence and slow time." He also describes the urn as a "historian," which can tell a story. While wondering about the figures on the side of the urn, he asks what legend they depict, and where they are from. He looks at a picture that seems to display a group of men pursuing a group of women, and wonders what their story could be: "What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?" In the second stanza, the speaker looks at another picture on the urn, this time of a young man playing a pipe, lying with his lover under some trees. The observer of the urn says, that the piper's "unheard" melody's are sweeter than mortal melodies, because they are unchanging over time. He tells the youth that, although he can never kiss his lover because he is frozen in time, he should not grieve, because her beauty will never fade. In the third stanza, he looks at the trees surrounding the lovers and feels happy that they will never shed their leaves; he is happy for the piper because his songs will be "for ever new" and happy that the love of the boy and the girl will have an enduring love, unlike mortal love. " All breathing human passion far above, That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloyed, A burning forehead, and a parching toungue", descibes that mortal love will give you a high for only a short time and then leave you " A burning forehead, and a parching toungue." In the fourth stanza, he continues to take notice of another picture of a cow being led away to be sacrificed. He wonders "what green altar" the preist is taking the sacrifice to. The speaker is imagining the altar to be green; the green altar could mean that it is highly decorated for the sacrifice, or that there are rarely any sacrifices on it, so it has grown up with vegitation. He starts to think of a town (although none is shown in the picture) where the people are coming from and comes up with a peaceful mountianside town. In ending the discription of his made-up town, he states that, "And, little town, thy steets for evermore Will silent be; and…
Perceiving and Representing Our Dynamic World
In many ways the film industry has provided us with great insight into understanding how humans perceive motion. Similarly, the contrary also holds true: understanding the intricacies of our eyes and how we see has enabled film-makers to replicate the experience of motion to a scaringly high degree of accuracy.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Never confuse motion with action”. Although he may have meant this in a different context, taking its literal…
ODE ON A GRECIAN URN:
Made-up Question: How does Keats express passion/ imagination/truth and beauty throughout ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’?
This poem explores many different techniques within the context relating to passion. Paradoxical nature is clearly evident in the first stanza and also the rest of the poem as it provides a contradicting effect of truth. The paradox ‘Bold Lover, never, never cans’t thou kiss’ indicates that the urn is silent yet tells a story. It focuses emphatically on the…
To fully grasp this idea, one must understand Keats' world at the time he wrote Ode on a Grecian Urn. Only slightly older than a modern university graduate, at age twenty-three Keats' life was in a state of, "emotional turmoil." (website) His brother Tom had recently passed away, and he was madly in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne. Brawne was clearly his muse as Keats was fervently writing poetry at the time of their relationship. His conflicting emotions are clearly evinced in his letters to…
Perceiving Through Their Eyes
For my Ecological Perception Experience, I decided to sit under my avocado tree around 7 PM to escape the heat on August 18, 2012. Before starting this assignment, I thought that I would have trouble finding something to write about; however, within even the first five minutes of stepping outside, I found that nature was all around me if I paid attention. First, a huge fly started flying all around me; I fought the urge to swat it away so that I can watch it. It…
tradition of lyric poetry. An ode is made up of verses and can have a complex meter. It's usually addressed to someone or something, or it represents the poet's musings on that person or thing, as Keats' ode tells us what he thought as he looked at the Grecian urn. There are three typical types of odes: the Pindaric, Horatian, and Irregular. The Pindaric is named for the ancient Greek poet Pindar, who is credited with inventing the ode. Pindaric Ode contain a formal opening, or strophe, of complex metrical…
Shelley famously said as apart of her elegy for John Keats. John's bad health was believed to be caused by the beatings he took from the critics, who once advanced him to give up on poetry. One of his buggiest successes was a poem called Ode on a Grecian Urn among the many. Throughout this poem the graphics of art just shoot through you head. You could truly see what Keats wanted to express for his love made evident. Keats had addressed the notion that a moment if beauty, frozen in time as art has…
prescription. Do not be afraid of melancholy: enjoy it. Look at all the beauty of nature, including the beauty in a beautiful woman’s eyes, and reflect upon the sad truth that none of it can last. Similar thoughts are expressed in Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Ode to a Nightingale.” The fragility and perishability of beauty evoke melancholy but make the beautiful object more precious.
Pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, delight and melancholy are opposite sides of the same coin: It is impossible…
Abrahamic religion that began as a Jewish sect in the mid-1st century. It originated in the Levant region of the Middle East and quickly spread to Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt.
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Buddhism is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent; it has a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known…
Lecture 4 Perceiving Persons
The process by which people come to understand on another
By small amount of information to predict behaviors.
Extraverts are better than introverts
Women are better than men
How Do We Perceive Others?
- Evolutionary Theories: There’s revolutionary value in rapid identifying: potential threats; possible partners; competent leaders.
- We are hardwired to rapidly understand social cues.
The way in…
the data of the eight restaurants could provide a good reference for The Commerce.
The credit-card usage of the eight restaurants in 1992 was shown as follows:
Restaurant | Credit-card usage |
Madison Inn | 39% |
Lordsmill | 38% |
Grecian Urn | 52% |
Black Beard’ s Hold | 69% |
Settlement Dining Room | 25% |
The Sailty Dog Inn | 42% |
Neptune’ s Seafood Pavilion | 44% |
Peyton’ s Ordinary | 61% |
The median of the data above was observed as a usage rate of 43%, and then the…