The song of the bird will never come to an end

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The song of the bird will never come to an end because it has become one with the universalbeauty.In “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Keats calls the Urn as ‘unravish’d bride of quietness. The Urn is aconcrete symbol of some vast reality which can be reached only through knowledge ofindividual objects. The Urn is also the “foster child of silences and slow time.”Addressing the Urn Keats says;Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thoughtAs doth eternity:In “Ode to a Nightingale” the world of Nightingale is a symbol of perfection, happiness withits fullness. The Grecian Urn is the symbol of immorality of art.Similarity on the basis of PersonificationIn this poem “Ode to a Nightingale”, Nightingale is personified. To the eye of the poet, thebird is a symbol of happiness and perfection. The Nightingale’s world is the ideal worldwhere the poet wishes to go to free him from the pings and sufferings of the world. But justone word “forlorn” is enough to call him back from the world of Nightingale to the world ofthose who are suffering from palsy, growing pale, spectre thin and then dying. The world ofNightingale with all its charm can not take away from Keats’ heart his sense of oneness withhis earthly fellow beings who are suffering from “fever and fret” of the world.Same is true in the case of the Urn. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn'’ the Urn is personified. Itstands for beauty and permanence. It contrasts with the transitoriness of human life which isfull of misery. The poet knows the value of the Urn as a beautiful piece of art but at the sametime he realizes that beauty is not the only thing of importance. The Urn though immortal isspeechless. It lacks the warmth and vigor of life.Similarity on the basis of sensuousnessKeats expands the range of his sensuousness from pictures of physical love to the pictures ofnatural beauties. In “Ode to a Nightingale” the poet looks for eternal beauty. The beauty ofthe song of Nightingale is beautiful from time immemorial. It delights all people in all ages
every where. The Urn itself is a symbol of everlasting beauty. The painter may die but thebeauty of the painting is everlasting. The poet may die but poetry is undying.Similarity on the basis of temperamentIn all his poems, the poet is Greek in temper and spirit. The poems convey the poet’s mind’sinborn temperamental Greek ness. He is a representative of Greek thought and culture in asense in which Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge are not. In “Ode to a Nightingale” there arereferences of Dryad, Hippocrene, Dacchus, Lethe- which remind us of Greek mythology. TheUrn itself is from Greek mythology. It immortalizes Greek joy, culture, religion. The GrecianUrn shows the poet as the true representative of Greek, as the Urn outlives Greek culture.

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