S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.39 (1998) (인문논총)
욕망의 시학: 키츠의 "프쉬케에게 바치는 노래"와 "희랍항아리에 부치는 노래" 읽기
Poetics of Desire: A Reading of Keats's "Ode to Psyche" and "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구소
- 인문논총, Vol.39, pp. 51-72
- We notice in Keats's poems a predominantly large number of sensuous images. These images, however, are not simply there to arouse and titilate our sexual desire; they are a kind of metaphor to call our attention to his principle of poetry-writing. In this sense, his two odes, "Ode to Psyche" and "Ode on a Grecian Urn," are important for us to understand his principle of writing and reading strategy, respectively. In "Ode to Psyche" we become aware of how he voices his principle of poetry-writing by reviving a late-born goddess of Psyche. As the legend goes, Psyche was loved by Cupid. Keats, in the ode, reveals his intention to become her priest in the temple built in honor of her in his own mind. In this ode, we see his desire going in two directions: to love and to be loved by Psyche. Thus, this ode can be read as a metaphor for his poetry-writing. In "Ode on a Grecian Urn" we recognize his intention to have bliss in reading a Text. The Text, in this case, is no other than the Grecian Urn itself transformed into a poetic text. Thus he becomes a reader of the Text seeking for the bliss of reading the Text. By reading "Psyche" and "Grecian Urn" we can come to understand better the element of bliss in Keats's principle of poetry-writing and text-reading.