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|“ODE ON A GRECIAN URN”|
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The painting of Grecian urns can be traced back to the Greek city of Corinth in the seventh century B.C. There, painters began to cover vases with black silhouetted shapes, often the forms of animals. As the style spread to Athens, it developed to include narrative scenes based on Greek mythology. The look of an Athenian vase—black figures on a red clay background—became famous.
In Keats’ day, archeological excavations in the Mediterranean region produced many examples of the form, creating interest throughout Europe in all things classical. His poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn” may have been inspired by just such an urn.
An ode is ______________________________________________ that is elevated in tone and style. Some odes ___________________________ a person, an event, or even a power; others are more _______________________________________. Almost all involve _______________________, addressing an absent person or a personified animal, an inanimate object, or an idea. The ode originated in ancient _________________ as a dramatic song of celebration accompanied by dance.
7. How does this poem reflect qualities of Romanticism?