John Keats


TERZA PROVA – INGLESE

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Candidato:

Ode on a Grecian Urn

1. In this poem Keats is looking at a beautifully decorated urn. The urn is Greek and ancient, so you expect the scenes of the decoration to be set in ancient Greece. Read thre poem and underline the expressions supporting this.

2. The poet decsribes two scenes decorating the urn. Read carefully the 2nd and 4th stanzas to find which people are described, what they are doing and where the action takes place. Then fill in the table below.

 

who

where

what

Young man
Beneath the trees
trying to reach the girl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

3. The first stanzas contain antithesis related to the material and the spiritual. Here below are listed the words which refer to the material; write next to each the term which refers to the spiritual.

material

spiritual

Mortals
Men
Heard melodies
Sensual ear
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

4. Keats has got two different attitude towards the urn. First Sylvan historian” then Cold pastoral”. Explain

5. What is represented on the surface of the urn?

 

1st stanza

 

2nd stanza

 

3rd stanza

 

4th stanza

 

5th stanza

 

 

6. Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter” What does the poet want to say? (line 40)

7. The last stanza marks a change in Keats attitude towards the urn and reports his aesthetic consideration. Find out the evidence of these two points and explain them.

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