Abstract

Elam, "Remembering to Die"

The poem tempts us to read the art object (urn as well as poem) as an expression of transcendence. This essay suggests the opposite: that the poem reminds us that art for Keats is not transcendence of mortality but a distillation of its forces. This essay appears in _Ode on a Grecian Urn: Hypercanonicity & Pedagogy_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.