This ode (praiseworthy poem) was written by John Keats on a Grecian (ancient Greek) urn. The poet is praising the qualities of the urn. The poet is enamored with the design and fresco on the urn and is describing all its different qualities. The poet realizes that it is an old Grecian urn and that it is associated with the ancient Greek culture and philosophy. Rightly so, the poet associates it with the ancient Greek culture and its philosophy.
The poet starts by saying that it is a quite urn which cannot speak by itself. However, the designs on the urn are speaking of themselves and tell their own story. The stories are engraved on the urn of both the mortals and the Grecian immortals. The poet can see the entire story of the deities and maidens on the urn.
The poet claims that the latent stories on the urn are better than the manifest stories. He can see the trees in there and the lovers who are sitting beneath those trees. The poet claims that this love will never be lost as it is firmly engraved on the urn.
The poet can see the onslaught of spring on the urn where there are lots of flowers. The poet can feel the songs getting played by the pipes of the urn. The love on the urn is evident with the pictures of the lovers on the urn. There is high human passion and emotions given on the Grecian urn.
There are also people who are coming to the sacrifice. There are Grecian women on the urn with their characteristic Grecian raiment. The poet can see the morning on the urn and the hills as well as the town. This is a quiet town where there is not much hustle and bustle.
There are marble men and maidens on the urn. There is too much vegetation given on the urn. The poet claims that the time will pass but the urn will remain the same. The poet claims that the urn is a piece of aesthetic value and will remain so for times immemorial.
This is a great poem on a beautiful Grecian urn which is engraved with pictures of Grecian people and Grecian scenery. The poet can tell the entire story of the people and places that are given on the Grecian urn. The poet narrates their story and tells that there is perpetual spring in the urn. The poet is much admiring of the urn and believes that it will last for long times.