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Title: Wednesday, March 23


1
Wednesday, March 23
  • Romantic Literature Keats and Shelley
  • No homework ?

2
Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 1792-1822

3
Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Nature as sublime truth
  • Volcanic personality
  • More melancholy
  • Outspoken against marriage
  • Chose exile in Italy

4
Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Other famous works
  • Ode the the West Wind, To a Sylark
  • Ozymedias
  • Another name for Ramses the Great
  • The speaker recalls having met a traveler from
    an antique land, who told him a story about the
    ruins of a statue in the desert of his native
    country.
  • Longs historically on the past
  • The redemptive power of nature
  • The idea of natures sympathy with humankind
  • The view that one who is close to nature is close
    to God

5
Ozymandias
6
John Keats
  • 1795-1821

7
John Keats 1795-1821
  • English, Romantic, Nature poet
  • Lamented the fleeting nature of lifes pleasures
  • Contemplated the briefness of life.
  • Best known for his odes.

8
Life and inspiration
  • Mother and brother died of tuberculosis
  • Keats died of TB at age 25
  • What effect might this have on his poetry?

9
Life and inspiration
  • Threat of death
  • Heightened awareness of
  • Beauty
  • Human love
  • Friendship
  • Virtues of a higher reality achieved permanence
    only in art.

10
Ode on an Grecian Urn
  • 1816 Keats visits the Elgin Marbles at British
    Museum
  • Inspires the following ode
  • Ode a lyrical poem of a certain structure
    usually of a serious or meditative nature.
  • A poem full of paradox
  • a statement whose two parts seem contradictory
    yet make sense with more thought
  • Deep down, hes very shallow
  • He has ears, but cannot hear

11
Ode on an Grecian Urn
  1. Read the poem together.
  2. Pair up with the person next to you.
  3. Take out a clean piece of paper.
  4. I will project two questions. The partner
    wearing more jewelry will answer the first
    question while the other partner answers the
    second question.
  5. Really put thought into this. Then, after about
    five minutes, switch papers and respond to your
    partners thoughts. Address them directly.

12
Ode on an Grecian Urn
  1. In stanza III, How does Keats portray real life
    and actual passion in the last three lines?
    Which is preferable, the urn life or real life?
    What about the repetition of happy?
  2. In stanza IV, why does Keats give three possible
    locations for the imaginary town? Why does he
    use the word folk, rather than people?

13
Ode on an Grecian Urn
  • In the final couplet, is Keats saying that pain
    is beautiful?
  • Are the concluding lines a philosophical
    statement about life or do they make sense only
    in the context of the poem?
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