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20 June 2007 Professor Bruce Bassoff ENG 4224-100 Study Questions #7 One passage that mirrors Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn” is a passage describing a vase. “Empty, empty, empty; silent, silent, silent. The room was a shell singing of what was before time was; a vase stood in the heart of the house, alabaster, smooth, cold, holding the still, distilled essence of emptiness, silence” (p.36-37). The vase is a silent observer, it knows the past and holds the events silent. The “silent form” plays the role of a historian, without any commentary on the events that passed. Similar to A Passage to India , where nothingness assumes its own characteristics, emptiness has the same effect in this passage. The emptiness is the void and is able to “tease us out of thought/As doth eternity” in its silence.” The pictures that hang opposite of each other also appear to have the same observational qualities of the vase and the urn and remain in silence. The pictures face each other and have seen the history of the estate, but they
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