Vocabulary and Allusions: "Ode on a Grecian Ode"
Line 3, sylvan: pertaining to or
living in the woods; hence, a sylvan historian records scenes in the
Line 8, Tempe: a beautiful valley in Greece, it was sacred to
Apollo, the god of poetry and music.
Arcady: the literary
word for Arcadia, in the central Peloponnesus. Zeus was born there, in
one account. The word connotes a place of rural peace and simplicity
because of the ancient reputation of its inhaitants as innocent and
Line 10, timbrels: ancient tambourines
Line 3, sensual ear: ear of the
senses, i.e., they hear.
Line 1, Attic: Grecian. Attica
is in the central part of Greece where Athens was located.
Line 2, overwrought: covered with.
Line 5, cold pastoral: pastoral story in marble.
(1)pertaining to shepherds; hence it connotes simple, peaceful country
life and the qualities associated with such a life, e.g., naturalness
and innocence. (2) a kind of poem which praises the virtues of country
living (simplicity, innocence, etc.).
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