Robinson, "Deforming Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'"

To deform a poem is to intervene significantly in the poem's physical structure (e.g. reading the poem backwards, reading only nouns) in order to highlight features of the poem not easily noticeable. With a famous poem like Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn such an activity makes one realize how we too easily pre-read the poem. 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.