The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #98: Ode on a Grecian Urn

General Introduction

– We read the poem
– Happy snow—happy, happy snow!
– No listener feedback

The Great Odes of 1819
– What do they have in common?
– Experimentation with sonnets
– The lyric tradition
– Meditations on inner states
– What is an ode, anyway?

“Grecian Urn” and British Romanticism
– The production and process of art
– Gray’s elegy
– The pagan past
– Removed from direct experience of beauty
– Observation, not participation 

Keats’s Platonism
– An inverted Platonism
– Deferred love
– Suspension of bodily eros
– Art and the soul

Ekphrasis
– Literary tradition
– Finding the urn
– A wild goose chase?
– Visual and verbal arts
– The UGA Keats/Faulkner ashtray
– Art, not nature 

Truth and Beauty, Beauty and Truth
– Art for art’s sake?
– A political statement?
– Eternality and static
– A both/and?

We Sermonize
– A lesson for reading
– Attention to detail
– Mixed media

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