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Poetry

This paper presents analysis of Grecian Urn before we move on to the “Grecian Urn”, we must assess that this particular ode is in dedication to a material artifact. It’s a symphony vividly orchestrated that it talks with the projections on the urn. The poet communicates with the urn and sees how the realities of life are sometimes indicated on such mortal, material things. The persons on this urn never need to manage changes in their reality. Their reality is for all time solidified in a solitary minute. The ode differentiates the immortal universe of the urn with the upside-down hourglass that is human life. The urn relates with an honest world, unaffected by the affliction and hardship that accompany change. The trees never need to adjust with losing their leaves; the urn itself is “unadulterated. Before the end of the ode, the speaker starts to think about whether what he took for purity may really be a type of icy separation and distance.
However, how are these two poems similar? The answer can be found if we analyze their themes. In both the Odes, we will see that “Time” is a major component. In Ode to a Nightingale, the poet extends his longing for perfection onto an image, which takes part in both time and endlessness. Consequently, the strain between the universe of being and the universe of flux is discussed. The image of the converging of the two opposing “states” is the bird which from one perspective is a subjective and mortal fledgling and which then again because of its singing – which can be appreciated freely of a solitary flying creature – is utilized as an image of the immortal request of the world. The same subject is discussed in Ode on a Grecian Urn. The antique bit of artisanship symbolizes time everlasting, which then contained the remains of a dead individual. The utilization of an article as an image is something that was expressed in poetry of that time as well, in the form of the excited depiction of a composition or a figure. The individual bit of artisanship, for this situation the urn; can be viewed as a perpetual indication of flawless magnificence. Thus, the urn does stand for endlessness and Art as well as for Nature and Love, for perfect magnificence relies on Nature itself, as believed by Keats and the Romantics Greats.
According to Keats, the main thing that can stand the test of time is the artisanship whether it is an urn or a tune, while Man is connected to his inescapable destiny, demise. Besides, we have the capacity to watch that Keats, if we consider him as the narrator of both odes, is acknowledging that he will die sometime together with his era, as it is happened to the people before.
To sum it, while the structure of the two poems might not be similar, the underlying idea that they convey bundles them up into a pair. Both the poems examine mortality and how a living person cannot remain forever yet something that was forged by that person is destined to last an eternity. The poet seeks rebirth, something to make him immortal. He desires the immortality of the Nightingale’s songs, the permanent existence of the Urn’s projections. Little did he know that his works would cement his place into the hall of fame, with the other greats? This paradigm of life, coupled with the poet’s own hardships, materialized into the beautiful poems we know today.

Works Cited
Smith, Philip. 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions).p.43-45., 1995. Web. 21 May 2015.

The EU and Scottish Question

Last week, David Cameron persuaded U.K. voters to give him a second term as prime minister with a surprising (according to the pollsters) overall majority. The big question now is what challenges lay ahead. The first, is likely to be the battleground of the EU which again will raise the spectre of an independence vote in Scotland with the SNP leadership consistently requesting an independence vote for any change in the UK’s status. Indeed some political commentators are suggesting that she (Nicola Sturgeon) will request a vote every Thursday until she gets the result she wants.

The Conservatives’ surprise (according to the pollsters) win came after a campaign that saw Cameron’s pledge of a referendum on EU membership by 2017 “sold” alongside his record of delivering economic stability. Cameron, who has said he wants the country to stay in the EU, will first seek to renegotiate Britain’s membership terms.

So what should the Conservative Government try to do? Perhaps bring things forward as Tim Bale professor of politics at Queen Mary University in London  suggests when he states  “(they) may even try and bring things forward to stop this wrecking the next two years for them,” “It’s a very tight majority which means he will have to make promises to people and do things to keep them on board on Europe, in particular as Cameron has a record of backing down under pressure to euro skeptics.”

Initial optimism, such as the pound surging on Cameron’s victory may melt away just as quickly as a EU referendum draws closer into view. Indeed the continuing lack of stability in Scotland where the SNP achieved 1,454,436 (and 56 out of 59 seats) but continue their relentless march for independence and arrogantly claim to speak on behalf of the Scottish people ( Pop of  5,290,000 – so less than one third of the population) .

Only time will tell of course, but could “Initial short-term cheer could be followed by a medium-term chill,” as Fabrice Montagne, an economist at Barclays Plc suggests, come true, especially with the “Scottish question” apparently still outstanding.

My own prediction, Britain to vote to remain in EU, narrowly, the SNP to use this as justification for a second referendum (don’t look for a logic in this, they will change their views to suit the situation) and the UK to have broken up by 2020. As an aside, the IMF having to be called in to govern Scotland’s affairs by 2023.