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Truth and Beauty


Truth and Beauty

In May of 1819, the Romantic English poet John Keats composed Ode on a Grecian Urn and anonymously published it in January of the following year. It is one of the ‘Great Odes of 1819’. The final lines of the poem declare that 'beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know'. The debate since has been whether they add or detract to the total beauty of the poem. In fact, those final lines are the very node of life and poetry; the concatenation of all being and meaning. Every poet who ever lived has sought to link the two together, through verse, life, and being. What poet is worth their salt who has not given their answer and rhyme concerning truth and beauty? Here is this poets answer, in part. None are as great as Keats. But all should strive to be.

  • Author: Christopher F. Mills
  • Published: 2018-05-11 22:50:05
  • Words: 764
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