Beauty and Truth?
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I have mixed emotions about these two poems by poets whose work I admire. In the ode, John Keats tries with words to re-create and bring to life the scene depicted on an ancient urn. Reading the part describing the “heifer lowing at the skies” being led to sacrifice is disconcerting to me, and causes me to wonder how Keats might have felt about such sacrifices. Since it’s very likely that Emily Dickinson read the ode, I also wonder how she felt about the heifer “frozen in time” in the scenes depicted on the urn. I will probably never really know how these poets felt, but their apparent lack of empathy for an innocent animal being led to slaughter troubles me.
Just as what was written many years ago is studied and read today,
what we write nowadays may influence future generations. If,
intentionally or unintentionally, we glorify the killing of an innocent
animal, as Keats does in his ode, we perpetuate evil. Therefore, it is
obvious that we ought to live and write as responsibly as we possibly
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.
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