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    Comparing Wordsworth's 'Ode Intimations of Mortality' to Keats' 'Ode to a Grecian Urn'

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    In this poetic exposition of five pages, genre and structure are discussed in terms of similarities and differences. There are no other sources in the bibliography.

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    The work of John Keats and William Wordsworth represents some of the finest poetry ever written. A comparison of this work is particularly interesting in that William Wordsworth hails  from the generation of poets which are referred to as first generation poets and John Keats belongs to the categorization of second generation poets. While Wordsworth preceded Keats in  date of birth, however, he outlived him by several decades. Never-the-less, it was Wordsworth who made those first ventures into the literary style of romanticism. Another commonality in  the literary work of these two men is their production of odes. Two odes in particular serve an interesting comparison. These are John Keats regular ode titled "Grecian  Urn" and the more conservative Wordsworths irregular ode titled "Ode: Intimations of Mortality". The ode genre encompasses lengthy poems which thoroughly, and sometimes  rather loftily, explore a particular subject matter. The genre has its origins in ancient Greece and was initially written to be delivered with musical accompaniment. This fact provides the  basis of certain literary characteristics which allow the separation mentioned earlier of regular verses irregular odes. Early on in the history  of odes the expected delivery was through song. Chorus would sing different categoric divisions of the renditions referred to as the strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode. While  the strophe and antistrophe were delivered separately they were identical in structure. The epode, on the other hand, differed from the other two divisions. While only part of  the chorus sang the strophe, with the opposing part singing the antistrophe, the whole chorus sang the epode. There are three types of 

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