In the first stanza of ‘Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn’ the speaker begins with an exclamation. They have one daughter, Flo. The login page will open in a new tab. By encouraging a reader to think about future generations, Turnbull also encourages reflection on how our society may look back on previous cultures, never truly knowing how they were because we have never been able to actually experience them. Join the conversation by commenting. These last lines are also connected to Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn.’ Turnbull parodies the phrase “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”. Grayson Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us in with wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as, at times, fear and anger. He is known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing, as well as his observations of the contemporary arts scene, and for dissecting British "prejudices, fashions and foibles". Please refer to our e-safety suggestions and comment moderation policy. At first, the speaker seems judgemental of the kids, but that soon changes. Historian and art critic Simon Schama, Perry’s shrewdest fan so far, has praised the “social storytelling” of pots, sculptures and textiles that belong to the “full English breakfast idea of English art – rich, meaty, abundant and gloriously greasy with the social fry-up”. The poem refers to the electronic genre of music called House which developed in the 1980s in the United States, with the idea of it being “imported” from different locations demonstrating how geographical distance has largely been removed thanks to the ease of travel and communication. In addition, it sets the tone of the poem to be quite informal, which is important for some subjects raised and the overall semantic field. It is less liable to induce a fight than the tabloid newspaper might. You may be interested in having a quick read of Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats, if you haven’t already, as it is what this poem is based on and the two have strong links. The speaker is clearly critical of the future observers of the vase, but hopes for the best. This is kind of vase that mimics a style used in Classical Greece. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The hard-earned mastery of their form collides with the often chaotic and cruel disorder of their subject matter. This seems quite out of place considering the references to Keats, and is certainly meant to capture the reader’s attention.

The informal adjective “pumped” helps to emphasise the semantic field of the poem and further link to the youthful aspects being described. This can be seen as linking back to a literal ‘Grecian Urn’ and how today we have to guess about what these ancient pieces are communicating, just as future generations may in the future. Emma graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in English, minor in Creative Writing, BFA in Fine Art, and BA in Art Histories. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. They are driving “hatchback” cars which are “tuned almost to breaking point.” The images call to mind the “roar” of these cars and “UK garage” music. Though shunning conceptualism, he remains an artist of ideas as well as stories, for instance elevating his ancient and cherished teddy bear Alan Measles into a sacred idol in order to mount “a serious look at how religions form”. The “curtains twitch” as the “pensioners and parents” call the police. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site.



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