The Common Theme

This paper discusses the common theme of time in three poems.

This paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes three poems “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats; “The Convergence of the Twain” by Thomas Hardy; and “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas. Specifically, it identifies the common theme in these three poems, which is time. Time stops in all three poems for various reasons, and adds to the impact of each poem in a special way.
“In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Keats is celebrating the past, stopped in time for a moment on an ancient Grecian urn. Time stands still on the urn, and all the people depicted on it are caught in a fleeting moment of time. Nothing around them can ever change, from the trees, to their love, to their age. “Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare; / Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, / Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve; /She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, / For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!” (Keats 16-20).”