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In the poem Ode on a Grecian Urn John Keats uses imagery symbolism and tone to advance the theme of forbidden love An assemblage of vigorous passion is compellingly portrayed on cold motionless stone numerous times throughout the poem Keats used the urn as a colorful pallet in which to paint a tragic love saga The wistful scenery and nave undertone do not prepare the reader for the terror and wild sexuality unleashed in this poem One method Keats highly developed the premise of illicit love was to use intense forms of imagery As the narrator discovers the urn it is described in full detail what he sees What men or gods are these What maidens loath What mad pursuit What struggle to escape What pipes and timbrels What wild ecstasy lns 8-10 With this the reader is almost brought into the ode viewing the urn with the narrator It is soon brought into a sharp detailed focus that the urn depicts two young lovers Fair youth beneath the trees thou canst not leave Thy song nor ever can those trees be bare lns 15-6 These lines even further illustrate this non-visible urn This allows Keats the opportunity to utilize the ode into a much deeper understanding of symbolism The narrator portrays the ideal life on the urn as one without disenchantment and suffering with the use of pipes being played possibly by one of the young lovers Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter therefore ye soft pipes play on not to the sensual ear but more endeared Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone lns 11-4 These pipes being played symbolize the magnificence and beauty of how true love must feel The image of the silent desolate town exemplifies both pain and sorrow What little town by river or sea shore or mountain-built with peaceful citadel is emptied of this folk this pious morn And little town thy streets forevermore
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