15 thoughts on “Line-by-Line Discussion of John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn

  1. thank you so much for your explanation it will be useful for me but still ı cant understand what is the main theme of the poem. but urs will be enough for me !!


    1. The main themes are the relationship between nature and art, and what reality/representation and illusion/imagination have to do with these. Not that the poem draws any clear conclusions; it rather draws your attention to these issues. Also it asks what the function is of art? Is it to represent nature, or some idea or truth, or beauty? And why not all at once?


  2. firstly i am very thankful to u,u explain it very well.you solve my all confusion except beauty is truth,truth is beauty.but somehow i understand it..well,your this explanation will give privilege to all the students..


  3. Well being a romanticist Keats seemed obessed with idealistic, eternal world of truths as described in Plato’s “Theory of ideals or Forms”. He was great adherent of antiquity according to Bertrand Russell’s “History of western philosophy”. So I think by Beauty is truth, truth is beauty he is addressing the problem of universals and asserting that beauty is absolute,eternal and immutable, which is evident by his over emphasis on the world “devoid of humanly passion” which are subject to time.


    1. Yes, you’re definitely right that Keats got the idea of universal beauty and truth being equal in Plato’s work. But that doesn’t quite solve the riddle yet, because what does it really mean?


  4. Art refer to the nature of human being which is itself closely related to beauty. All the human love beauty, this is the very much truth of life. So if a human being loves beauty than he must love art which is the way to make the beauty eternal to explain it to the world as a great truth of life…


  5. The urn is a friend of the man because it’s always with us. Just like art, unless well preserved, is always with us. Art is supposed to tell something about the world, like it’s a reflection of what’s happening right now. So as generations passed, it stays to tell the present generation what the previous one was like. I guess that’s the reason why it’s important. But then again, why is beauty the truth and what is “truth beauty”? I’m confuseeed. ㅠㅠ


    1. Thanks for your comment!
      About the equation of truth and beauty, this is an older idea that was proposed by Plato. But as I’ve said in my discussion, I don’t know either how Keats understands this idea as he doesn’t explain it in the poem. So I guess he leaves it up to the reader to develop her own explanations. It’s also okay to be confused, I think. 🙂


      1. Thanks for the explanation of a very confusing poem. But I am not very clear about the the term ATTIC because its different in the dictionary so could you help me in that.


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