In the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn," lie several forms of figurative language by Keats that reveals his joyful tone in expressing innocence of what the events and individuals on the urn seem and appear. .
John Keats uses apostrophes throughout the poem to describe the urn as a whole. In the first stanza the poet helps the reader to interpret the urn as an "unravished bride of quietness." Keats gladly implements that the birds is full of purity and perfection. Here he is speaking of urn with the same qualities of the bride. These qualities he feel will last forever and are everlasting. In the second stanza the poet speaks of the sweet melodies being played by the happy musician. The poet addresses this individual by stating, "therefore, ye soft pipes, play on." Keats is speaking to the musician on the urn who plays beautiful music. The music seems soothing and he likes to hear it. Also in the second stanza Keats uses an apostrophe to refer to the youth of the individuals when he states, "Fair youth beneath the trees, thou canst not leave." In this line the poet is revealing how sweet and innocent the youth is of the people in the art. He is also implementing that the youth cannot grow older and the lives in the poem will be everlasting because the individuals in the art will forever be still. .
Keats also uses imagery in the poem to express his joyful tone of the poem. In the first stanza, Keats describes the urn when we states "a flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme!" The poet is explaining that the urn is so beautiful that it doesn't even compare to art. Keats also in the second stanza shows his joyful tone when he begins with the statement, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter." In this statement Keats lets us experience what is happening in the poem. While we cannot actually hear the music of the young man's pipes, we can imagine how sweet the melody would sound.