He imagines their little town, without the villagers, and tells it that its streets will "for evermore" be silent, for those who left it, frozen on the urn, will never return.
A Critical Analysis of Ode on a Grecian Urn The Romantic Period introduced a variety of writing styles.
He is happy for the piper because his songs will be “for ever new,” and happy that the love of the boy and the girl will last forever, unlike mortal love, which lapses into “breathing human passion” and eventually vanishes, leaving behind only a “burning forehead, and a parching tongue.” In the fourth stanza, the speaker examines another picture on the urn, this one of a group of villagers leading a heifer to be sacrificed.
He wonders where they are going (“To what green altar, O mysterious priest...”) and from where they have come.
The speaker attempts three times to engage with scenes carved into the urn; each time he asks different questions of it.
In the first stanza, he examines the picture of the “mad pursuit” and wonders what actual story lies behind the picture: “What men or gods are these? ” Of course, the urn can never tell him the whos, whats, whens, and wheres of the stories it depicts, and the speaker is forced to abandon this line of questioning.Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" portrays what Keats sees on the urn himself, only his view of what is going on.The urn, passed down through many centuries portrays the image that everything that is going on on the urn is frozen.It is the “still unravish’d bride of quietness,” the “foster-child of silence and slow time.” He also describes the urn as a “historian” that can tell a story. ” In the second stanza, the speaker looks at another picture on the urn, this time of a young man playing a pipe, lying with his lover beneath a glade of trees.He wonders about the figures on the side of the urn and asks what legend they depict and from where they come. The speaker says that the piper’s “unheard” melodies are sweeter than mortal melodies because they are unaffected by time.The authors of the early eighteenth century altered many of the earlier romantic pieces.The early writers primary area of concern was nature.Keats felt his poetry should effect the readers emotions, and only great poetry could move the reader to the point of enjoyment.In doing this Keats felt the only way to achieve his goal of "moving his audience" was to surrender to uncertainties, Life is halted and can never continue from this point.In the first stanza, the speaker, standing before an ancient Grecian urn uses apostrophe when he speaks to the urn as if it is alive.The speaker describes the pictures as if they are frozen in time.