John Keats wrote many poems that had similar themes. Much of his work is considered to be a key part of Romantic Poetry. To understand one of his poems it is necessary to look beyond it to his other works and personal life. One poem worth just such a look is "Ode to a Grecian Urn". This poem contains not only aspects of his writing which are reflected in his other works but some certain stylistic elements that reflect aspects of his personal life.
The stylistic elements mentioned also appear in the title. On the surface, this poem is about what the title dictates: a Grecian urn. The urn however is a metaphor for legacy. "When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain " (Lines 46 and 47) This passage conveys that the story told in the painting of the urn shall outlive this generation and live on. Throughout the poem Keats describes how the stories will never wear out as he goes from frame to frame of the urn.
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!
This passage talks of a scene between two lovers on the urn. Keats almost envies them because their love will never fade, although the man will never reach his goal of kissing the girl.
Keats' own life was cut short at a young age (1795-1821) when he fell ill with tuberculosis, just as his mother and brother had. Most of his poems reflect his almost melancholy outlook on life and his longing for a legacy to be left behind after his death. "Ode to a Grecian Urn" shows a theme of a legacy, a legacy which is almost envied by the speaker in the poem. "When I Have Fears that I May Cease To Be" is another work of Keats' which shows a fear of death and concern for what is left behind.
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charactry,
Hold likerich garners...
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...JFK: His Life and Legacy
On November 22, 1963, while being driven through the streets
of Dallas, Texas, in his open car, President John F. Kennedy was
shot dead, apparently by the lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. The
world had not only lost a common man, but a great leader of men.
From his heroic actions in World War II to his presidency, making
the decisions to avert possible nuclear conflict with world
superpowers, greatness can be seen. Kennedy also found the time
to author several best-selling novels from his experiences . His
symbolic figure represented all the charm, vigor and optimism of
youth as he led a nation into a new era of prosperity.
From his birth into the powerful and influential Kennedy
clan, much was to be expected of him. Kennedy was born on May
29,1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father, Joe, Sr., was a
successful businessman with many political connections. Appointed
by President Roosevelt, Joe, Sr., was given the chair of the
Securities and Exchange Commission and later the prestigious
position of United States ambassador to Great Britain(Anderson
98). His mother, Rose, was a loving housewife and took young John
on frequent trips around historic Boston learning about American
revolutionary history. Both parents impressed on their children
that their country had been good to the Kennedys....
...Keats “If poetry come not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.” Negative capability: Keats believed that great people, especially poets, have to the ability to accept that not everything can be resolved. The truths found in the imagination access holy authority and cannot be otherwise understood. John Keats
claimed that great artists possessed what he called “Negative Capability.” Such artists were “capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” Explain how Keats’ concept of “negative capability” might be applied to a reading of Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
Keats doesn’t focus on the same subjects as the other romantic poets, like religion, ethics, morals or politics. He writes about sensations and experiencing the richness of life. Conflicts in Keats’ poetry Transient sensation/enduring art Dream/reality Joy/melancholoy Ideal/real Mortal/immortal Life/death Separation/connection Being immersed in passion/desiring to escape passion A lyric poem is a short poem with one speaker, not necessarily the poet, who expresses thought and feeling. A lyric poem stresses moments of feeling and seeks to make an impact in a brief period of time (kind of like a 3 minute song or a 15 second commercial) Ode: usually a lyric poem of moderate length, with a serious subject, elevated style, and...
25 July 2012
Augustus Caesar and His Historical Legacy
Augustus Caesar was a highly respected ruler of the Roman Empire. Augustus rose to his power after his uncle, Julius Caesar, was killed. He was forced to clean up the mess Julius had left after his assassination. The Roman Republic was shattered after all the fighting that took place to decipher the future leader of Rome. The problems that occurred were not from outside threats, it was inside the city where the disruption began and tore the city apart. Augustus Caesar believed that only a strong monarchy could bring the city back up on its feet. He ruled with republican views because he knew the ruling class would support him, and that was what he needed. Later on once he became a legitimate ruler of Rome he took the name princeps, which meant first citizen, rather than dictator or king. This made him seem as if he was not as powerful and overbearing as past rulers of the Roman Empire. Augustus Caesar had a very positive historical legacy. He did many things for the public to keep them safe and also helped the impoverished people while rewarding those who were successful. Caesar improved every aspect of Rome from the law, to the people, to taxes. He was an all-around gratuitous ruler. Augustus Caesar was a strong ruler from the beginning of his reign to the end, his techniques for...
...In the eyes of many, legacies are created by the individuals who want to remember the accolades of one extraordinary person or group. By saying that, one can try to leave a legacy but ultimately, that is to be decided by the group who was directly impacted by that person or group's actions. In my opinion a legacy cannot be left behind as a negative one, as that is simply referred to as a blemish or dark cloud in history that will not go away. For example, the attacks on September 11th by the terrorist group Al Qaeda, will always and forever be remembered by any American who was alive and able to watch the news or witness it in person. In no way should that be considered a legacy, such horror and destruction should be damned rather than be remembered. Legacies should be positive ones, they should be celebrated, a remembrance of an important event or person who positively inspired and left a lasting impact. Mahatma Gandhi was a true pioneer for nonviolence when he was constantly struggling for the freedom of his people, suffering attacks and even doubts from his family. It is acts like that that get positively remembered and get celebrated, not brutal attacks, that leave legacies behind. In essence a legacy is left behind for people to remember the sacrifices and triumphs of a great men or women such as Mahatma Gandhi and others.
...winds shake the beloved buds of May
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
And summer is far too short:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
At times the sun is too hot,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
Or often goes behind the clouds;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
And everything beautiful sometime will lose its beauty,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
By misfortune or by nature's planned out course.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
But your youth shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor will you lose the beauty that you possess;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
Nor will death claim you for his own,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
Because in my eternal verse you will live forever.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long as there are people on this earth,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
So long will this poem live on, making you immortal.
temperate (1): i.e., evenly-tempered; not overcome by passion.
the eye of heaven (5): i.e., the sun.
every fair from fair sometime declines (7): i.e., the beauty (fair) of everything beautiful (fair) will fade (declines). Compare to Sonnet 116: "rosy lips and cheeks/Within his bending sickle's compass come."
nature's changing course (8): i.e., the natural changes age brings.
that fair thou ow'st (10): i.e.,...
...What Will Be Your Legacy?
I like to start by reciting a poem for you. This poem speaks to our fears. As I read it listen to the words and try to find the mental toughness to break the bond of imaginary servitude. If you can harness the courage and strength to do this, you'll be able to accomplish anything.
"Our Deepest Fear"
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, let me just start by saying what an honor it is for me to be here as the guest speaker tonight. I'd like to thank Tony McQuiller and the Boys to Men staff for allowing me to speak with you this evening. Tony, you and your team's dedication to this program speaks to your character as men and your community thanks you for your hard work and tireless efforts in the services you provide. To the parents, you should be proud of your sons for following through with...
...even if they are not assigned. In a background synthesis of Internet information that could help prospective students select a college, for example, one paragraph might discuss residential life and synthesize brief descriptions of the kinds of things students might find out about living on campus (cited of course), another might discuss the academic program, again synthesizing information from the web sites of several colleges, while a third might synthesize information about co-curricular activities. The completed paper would be a wonderful introduction to internet college searching. It contains no thesis, but it does have a purpose: to present the information that is out there in a helpful and logical way.
In the process of writing his or her background synthesis, the student explored the sources in a new way and become an expert on the topic. Only when one has reached this degree of expertise is one ready to formulate a thesis. Frequently writers of background synthesis papers develop a thesis before they have finished. In the previous example, the student might notice that no two colleges seem to agree on what constitutes "co-curricular," and decide to research this question in more depth, perhaps examining trends in higher education and offering an argument about what this newest trend seems to reveal. [More information on developing a research thesis.]
[See also "Preparing to Write the Synthesis Essay," "Writing the Synthesis Essay," and...