LIFE & CONCEPT OF ARTHe was born in London in 1795 from a poor family.
He had a very short life: he died of tuberculosis and he suffered a lot. His father and his mother also died of T.B.
He is considered a concrete and objective poet, the father of aestheticism.
He studied medicine and started to write and he discover that art is his way: he found consolation on art.
- he loved classic, he loved every kind of art.
- His social and political involvement is not so great.
- He loved marble, he was attracted by marble and statues
He wrote about his conception of art:
Art can console people from brutality of life and from sufferance.
Keats believed that beauty is truth and truth is beauty, he look for beauty in art.
He wrote to express his sense of beauty: he identify beauty with truth, the expression in poetry of that aesthetic satisfaction can produce ethical results.
The art, because of his power, can go behind senses, can lead us on a deeper level of perception.
Art is the only thing to resist the decay brought by the time and death: beauty is eternal and immortal: it comfort man for his sorrow.
He found consolation in plastic art because it can immobilize the moment and preserve it In eternity.
He died in 1821 of T.B.
“ODE ON A GECIAN URN”URN: personify and outside the time.
ART: makes thing eternal
Celebrates youth, love and beauty in their highest moments and
preserved them from decay.
Is good for spirit, is better than life because in art passions are
Stops the pass of time.
Reconciles aesthetic quality with intellectual one.
Escape from life’s delusions.
GRECIAN URN: symbol of permanent beauty and beauty is the only truth.
Keats doesn’t hope to find the divine essence in nature which can’t answer to the question of immortality (that can comfort men).
Art is the only way to resist the decay: man could live forever in art.