A. E. Housman: Poems

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12. In an essay, explain the meaning of “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” First, identify and

explain the main idea of the poem. Then, identify at least three images from the

poem, and explain how they support the main idea.

13. In an essay, compare “Ode to a Nightingale” to “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” In your

essay, answer these questions: What are the subjects of the two odes? How are the

subjects alike? How does the speaker respond to these two subjects? Give examples

from the poems to support your answers.

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12) Main Idea

Material things disappear with time. Beauty remains and is immortal.


The urn: The urn represents the Greek culture and history. It is the beauty that remains (and has been conserved), whereas human actions disappear.

The happy melodist: the image of the poet and his relationship to the universe as a whole. The poet has an abstract way of looking at things; immortality, romance.


Ode on a Grecian Urn