Thomson, "Teaching Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' in New Zealand"

Thomson argues for the productivity of teaching Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn in a context which emphasizes Keats's poetics of encounter and the passionate intensity which characterizes these encounters. Those encounters are studied in lectures and tutorials which explore Keats's literary and cultural context, in particular early nineteenty-century public access to works of art. This essay appears in _Ode on a Greican Urn: Hypercanonicity & Pedagogy_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.