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The Union of Beauty and Truth—An Analysis of Keats’ Aesthetic Thought in His Odes

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2022.050202 | Downloads: 15 | Views: 640


Weijin Jiang 1, Yufang Dong 1


1 Fuzhou Technology and Business University, Fuzhou 350000, Fujian, China

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Weijin Jiang


Keats is indisputably a significant figure in the history of English romantic literature in 19 century. Known as a sensuous poet, he composed a great number of influential works, among which odes are regarded as his most mature works. One of his odes, Ode on a Grecian Urn is universally extolled which presents us his aesthetic thought, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty". The lasting power of beauty and its union with truth becomes the great message of his poetry. This keynote has been always a subject of hot controversy. This paper aims at revealing the poet’s aesthetic thought by illustrating his, “beauty is truth and truth beauty and their union” through his outstanding odes: Ode to a Nightingale, To Autumn, Ode on Melancholy and Ode on a Grecian Urn.


Keats, Aesthetic thought, Beauty, Truth


Weijin Jiang, Yufang Dong, The Union of Beauty and Truth—An Analysis of Keats' Aesthetic Thought in His Odes. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2022) Vol. 5: 8-12. DOI:


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