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Ode on a Grecian Urn-John Keats The second stanza in Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn begins with the statement Heard melodies are sweet but those unheardAre sweeter Keats views art as something that is eternal and lets you experience whats happening in the painting While he cannot actually hear the music of the young mans pipes he can just imagine how sweet the melody would sound If one was to hear music played it would only please him for the duration of the song but in looking at a painting of a youth playing pipes one can take pleasure in it every time he looks at the painting Of course in Keats time there were no CDs or cassettes In the same stanza Keats speaks of the young mans lover He tells the youth that although he is so close to his lover but cannot kiss her he shouldnt be upset because they will always love each other and they will never grow old and ugly Keats treats these painted characters as real people as if they were living in their own little world confined to the edges of the urn He percieves art as something that is better than real life Keats goes on to discuss some trees whose branches he remarks can never be bare They will always exist in Spring - always green Keats enjoys the fact that nature remains the same and in this particular painting in its most beautiful state - Spring The two lovers will always be in love and will always have passionate symptoms including fever heavy breathing and dry mouth He gives very real very human qualities to these two painted beings Then in stanza four Keats describes a religious sacrifice of a cow But he goes on to contemplate where all of these religious people came from What little town by river or sea shoreIs emptied of this folk this pious mornAnd little town
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