Interpretation of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats Read "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, which is included within this packet. It is a poem that combines the arts of poetry and pottery, the literary with the visual. Type a paper that is approximately two pages explaining what the poem means. Cite specific lines and interpret them to the best of your ability. You will be graded on honesty, insights, as well as, spelling, syntax, structure, and the clarity of the expression of your ideas. John Keats (1795 – 1821) was an early 19th c. English Romantic poet who loved the culture and art of the ancient Greeks. He was also friend of Lord Byron who advocated a rebirth of Greece, which, at that time, was under Turkish rule. Keats, who was only 25 when he died of tuberculosis, may have been inspired to write this poem when he visited the British Museum which recently acquired the Elgin Marbles and had examples of Classical Greek vase paintings. The poem is the product of his vivid imagination. Intellectual honesty is extremely important in writing this paper. Avoid looking up the meaning online. Instead, submit the paper to turnitin.com. Paraphrase, rather that quote the poem to avoid a high percentage of plagiarism. Think of opposing themes like “life vs. art”, or “temporary vs. eternal” as a way to guide your discussion. Also, what does Keats mean about the relationship between “truth and beauty”? While being mindful of proper writing mechanics, be true to your own voice in your writing style. Above all, as hard as it may seem, try to savor this poem. It is one of the greatest English masterpieces of creative writing.