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When we analyze human affairs and relationships, there is a constraint that we understand all too well: time. Regardless of the significance of the action that is taking place, without a doubt, it all eventually comes to an end. In his poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn", John Keats escapes this constraint and analyzes the depictions on a Grecian urn outside the parameters of time.

[...] While a figure on an urn can never fully achieve and follow through with his or her actions, there is beauty and romance in the idea of being forever trapped in time. The depictions described by Keats do not fall victim to human ills and must never suffer?they have achieved immortality and will never be frustrated by human affairs. Works Cited Keats, John. "Ode on a Grecian Urn." Poetical Works Ed. Steven van Leeuwen. Dec.1995. Columbia U Jan. 1997. [...]


[...] Because these figures are forever frozen in time, he can never know the answer to these questions with any certainty. Despite this obvious difficulty, the depictions will exist outside of time, and people from all generations will be able to elicit the urn's meaning on their own terms. Unlike these generations that will perish one after the next, the urn and its mysterious depictions will live on forever frozen in time. In the next two stanzas, the speakers probes more deeply and asks questions regarding the scene in which a piper and a beautiful woman are represented. [...]

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