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Volume 1 Issue 8

January 2015

Indian Tavern and the Grecian Urn: A Comparative Study of Bachchan and Keats
Mr. Bibhudatta Dash, 
Researcher, 
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences & Management, 
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, 
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Abstract
Intoxication of mind, oneness of hearts, timelessness of beauty, unfulfilled desires, and eternity of truth are universal ideas. They exist in every age and get reflected through the best works of that time. The mysteries of life, relationships, societal norms, death, after-life, awareness of pain and flux, desire to escape the painful reality and seek repose in the ‘ideal’ are expressed in the poetry of John Keats and Harivansh Rai Shrivastav/Bachchan. This article aims to discuss John Keats' “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and Bachchan's "Madhushala" ("The Tavern") on the comparative parameters of intoxication, oneness, timelessness, desire, and truth.
Keywords
Comparative Study; Timelessness; Desire; Truth; Tavern; Grecian Urn; John Keats; Bachchan; "Madhushala".
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