English Literature-Poetry


Analysisand Interpretation

Thethree poems indicate significant differences through their era inexistence as well as the situations they describe. For instance, JohnKeats’ poem ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ entails one of his legendarypoems written in 1819 (Roman, 74). The poem focuses on one thing, theurn which refers to a Greek pottery used for holding water, olive oilor even wine. They urn appears heavily decorated with numerousdrawings on their outer part. The poet uses the pictures in theillustration of activities carried out during the time where peopleput the ashes of their dead relatives. The presence of an urn inpeople’s houses indicated the preservation of their memoriesthrough reminding them of their fun moments together (Roman, 74). Theessence of the urn entails bringing about the theme of memory in thepoem with the aim of creating significance to the reader.

Onthe other hand, ‘Kubla Khan’ authored by Samuel Taylor Coleridgeportrays the story of a vision contained in a dream. The narratorexperiences a vision in the image of God after reading some work thatdescribed Xanadu which entailed the summer palace of the ruler ofMongol as well as Emperor of China Kublai Khan. In the poem,Coleridge talks about his imaginary place, Xanadu, and although theplace exists, it’s not real as he puts it because there is no riverAlph in the town. He talks about the geographical appearance of theset as well as the large space in the area (Roman, 75). Theseelements bring about the theme of space prevalent through the use ofwords describing the greatness of the set place. Nevertheless, thepoem initiates the realization that it purportedly spoke about KublaKhan and not just about the natural world. However, it remarkablytalks about the natural world in an Idealistic manner thus allowingKubla Khan to appeal to the reader (Roman, 76). Consequently,Coleridge indicates the theme of memory through recalling incidentssuch as a vision of an Abyssinian maid who was playing her dulcimerand singing of Mount Abora. The vision illustrates how the narratorremembers incidents in his past that in a way shape his future.

Inthe poem ‘Lines Written above Tintern Abbey’ By WilliamWordsworth, the writer begins by recapping on the memories of thelost time. He emphasizes on the passage of time, but when hereturns, things appear similar as he left them. Additionally, henarrates about the past five years, five summers and five winterswhere in moments of exhaustion in noisy towns, the memory of thescenery helps him calm down and reestablish his body and mind(Walker, 209). Most importantly, the poem demonstrates William’sappreciation of nature especially when he talks about the excitingpart of life even after a lot of time has passed. He manages toportray his sensation and love of life through the articulation ofhonest and natural feelings towards nature’s superiority (Walker,212). These elements demonstrate the use of space and memory asprevalent themes throughout the poem as the narrator brings out factsin his past that allowed him to grow fond on the present scenarios.

Despitethe prevalence of disparities between the three poems, there existsome similarities. Some of these similarities entail the fact thatall the poems talk about nature and the beautiful sceneries existingduring the time. They also render some appreciation to the landscapethrough the way they describe the gorgeousness of the trees, rivers,and all that occupies space (Walker, 214). The poems also talk aboutlove and romance. For instance, in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, JohnKeats speaks of the love of a man and woman and ends the poem with&quotBeauty is the truth, truth beauty,-that is all ye know onearth, and all ye need to know.&quot On the other hand, ‘KublaKhan’ and ‘Lines Written above Tintern Abbey’ talk of theiraffection to the surroundings implying that they appreciate andconfess their love for nature (Walker, 215). In addition, the threepoems reflect the theme of memory in that the narrators recall eventsthat occurred in their past and played a significant role in theirpresent lives. The essence of these memories entails giving thereader a clear picture of the setting and plot during those times.


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