Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bright Star


Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.

John Keats - 1795 - 1821
Image: Still from Jane Campion's 2009 film, Bright Star

25 comments:

Opaque said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem

dianne said...

Thank you for your comment dear Opaque , it is a romantic and beautiful poem, no doubt written for Fanny, the love of his life. xoxoxo ♡

Percy Bisque Silley said...

Ah, Keats - if he could but know how he has Influenced mine own work...

/t. said...

p.b.silley
hangs out here?!?

i thought we burned his heart
a couple of years ago

<3s to dianne

× × ×

/t.

dianne said...

Yes my dear Sir Percy , I was thinking of your most excellent poetry when I was transcribing the words of Keats to this post, the congruencies of theme, tone and style are profound.
You my sweetest Sir, are a modern day romantic, Keats. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

My dear friend /t. ,

Yes, Sir Percy does grace me with his sweet presence and eloquent words from time to time, he is always welcome as are you, he like you has a kind and gentle heart. <3

xoxoxoxo ♡

foam said...

what a poet! sad that he died so young.

dianne said...

Yes Foamy dear, his poems are so beautiful and it is very sad that he died at such a young age...

xoxoxoxo ♡

Lesley said...

A very beautiful poem, Dianne. Keats is amongst my favourite poets.

The Phosgene Kid said...

not sure about the poem, but the chick in the photo is a real biscuit!

dianne said...

Yes dear Lesley , it is a beautful poem, John Keats is one of my favourite poets as well.
Such a sad ending when he and Fanny had to part,advised by doctors he left for Rome, a warmer climate because of his tuberculosis, where he died five months later.

xoxox ♡

dianne said...

It is a wonderful poem Phossy my dear ... and that 'biscuit' of which you speak is Australian actress Abbie Cornish, who is a very beautiful and talented actress. :-)

xoxoxo ♡

Lesley said...

Yeah, but who's the fella... that's what I want to know? :O)

dianne said...

That would be Ben Whishaw dear Lesley a young English actor, I am old enough to be his Mum, far too young for either of us I should think! :D xoxo ♡

The Phosgene Kid said...

Abbie Normal, eh? Do they come in redhead? I'll take a case of them if so...

dianne said...

No Phossy dear, not Abbie Normal, Abbie Cornish. I think she could come with any coloured hair you would like, do a Google image search and check her out. ;-)
xoxoxo ♡

puerileuwaite said...

Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
…Oh darn, it’s a satellite!

dianne said...

That's a lovely little poem Pugsley my sweet, I have made a wish upon so many stars, mine must have been satellite's as well.
It is lovely to have you visit again, I hope you are well?
xoxoxo ♡

The Phosgene Kid said...

oh, she's a convertible, eh?

dianne said...

Lol, Phossy dear, 'convertible' as in she changes her hair colour? Well yes she does for the different characters she plays.;)
xoxoxo

ANNA-LYS said...

Beauty last forever
no matter if alive
if s/he was clever
or not it's a drive

// Lovely weekend

ANNA-LYS said...

lol @ Pugh the magic little dog

dianne said...

Thank you dear Anna-Lys , for your little poem, you have a lovely weekend as well.

Yes that Pug is a sweet, magic little fellow, I can just imagine him wishing on stars.
xoxoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

i havent seen this movie, but your inspiring post has surely made me curious.
Keats is always so special§
Thankyou for this sharing!
hugs!

dianne said...

Thank you dearest COL , I think this is a such beautiful poem by Keats, his poems always are, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it.
I have not seen this film either but I am hoping to soon, what a love story, so sad that they had to part because of his ill health and then his death at such a young age.
We should always make the most of the time that we share with someone whom we love, one never knows what fate awaits us, some of us never get the chance to love.

hugs! xoxoxo ♡