Monday, March 30, 2009

Debunking Keats I

Ode on a Grecian Urn, by John Keats, contains many egregious lies, distortions, and inaccuracies. Indeed, it is so replete with statements that are blatantly scientifically inaccurate that its overall veracity is extremely questionable.

Note, for instance, the first two lines, "Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time." The term "unravished" is immediately worrisome. One certainly hopes that the urn has not been the victim of forcible sexual intercourse. Taking the effort to deny something so unlikely indicates that such things are, to Keats, within the realm of possibility. Furthermore, "quietness" is an abstraction related to the relative absence of sound in a place - that is, compression waves traveling through a medium. As a sound wave cannot be married, and therefore cannot logically be called a "bride", it is that much more the case that its absence will never experience matrimony...

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