Previously, about three percent of the population had owned most of the land in France and held all of the political power, while the other ninety-seven percent worked to pay rent and taxes with no hope of social gain. Two of the most influential critical magazines of the time, the Quarterly Review and Blackwood's Magazine, attacked the collection. Although the poem associates sight and sound, because we see the musicians playing, we cannot hear the music. The erasure of the speaker and the poet is so complete in this particular poem that the quoted lines are jarring and troubling. What started with ideals of liberty, equality and respect for all broke down into violence.
Let me know what you think please! The speaker in this poem is talking to a star. Even the religious imagery is associated with coldness and aloneness; moreover, the star is cut off from the beauties of nature on earth. This is a picture of abundance and of the fruits of hard work. In this poem Keats draws a line between observation and experience, presenting the two as mutually exclusive, so that a person cannot, try as he might, have both at the same time. Humans constantly make decisions to steer themselves from fates that they have observed happening to others. Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever—or else swoon to death. While nursing his brother, Keats met and fell in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne.
Hence, natural imagery acquires also a melancholic tone, which was already introduced in the first stanza with the image of the star. Bate, Walter Jackson, John Keats, Boston: The Bellknap Press of Press, 1963. Whatever you believe, or whatever your interpretation is, that's all that will remain - the beauty of the words. This progression occurs in time, not out of time, and with time comes change, something which the poet wishes to forestall. Friends and his doctor had urged him to try a common treatment for tuberculosis, a trip to Italy; however, Keats was aware that he was dying. Tragically, after five years of feverish writing and significant publication, Keats died at twenty-six—a victim of consumption.
Posts: 7 Joined: Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:37 am Not to interrupt your squabbling about religion which I agree that a person doesn't have to believe in something to write about it I think that Bright Star doesn't have to do with religion. Posted on 2012-10-18 by a guest. He really is going to die. You also may want to note the turn with the -no- in line 9 that indicates a shift of what he wants and doesnt want in a star. In the opening line, punctuated by an exclamation point, the speaker looks longingly at the star and cries: Bright star! Posted on 2011-05-21 by a guest. Although attentive, its beneficent oversight of the world is ultimately passive. English Romantic poet John Keats was born on October 31, 1795, in London.
Discussion of English Romantic poets usually refers to the small handful who wrote in a short period of time around the turn of the nineteenth century. I will imagine you Venus to night and pray, pray, pray to your star like a Hethen. Hi Nadia - I hope you like it - as you can probable tell - I did! After his mother's death, Keats's maternal grandmother appointed two London merchants, Richard Abbey and John Rowland Sandell, as guardians. Sponsored Links 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 human 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. Biographically speaking, most Keats scholars believe that Keats wrote this poem in the Autumn of 1819--not long after he met Fanny Brawne. He expresses that he would be happy to live with his love and swoon to death or live forever like the star. It was not a commercial success, however, because most housewives chose to cook food on their fireplaces, as they were accustomed.
The book also contains one sonnet by his friend Reynolds and one by Severn. In 1798 they published a collection of poems together, anonymously, called Lyrical Ballads. But of course, he is not a star and hes going to die. The use of the star imagery is unusual in that Keats dismisses many of its more apparent qualities, focusing on the star's steadfast and passively watchful nature. So what was up with all that wanting to be a star business? Although we cannot literally hear their music, by using our imaginations, we can imagine and thus hear music. The theme I came up with this poem was a Journey of dying hope, because in the beginning of the poem he was being optimistic with the voyage, yet at the end he wasn't having such a great feeling of any hope. He was an English Romantic poem and was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, alongside Lord Byron and Percy Shelley.
But within a few years the poet experienced the first symptoms of tuberculosis, the disease that had killed his mother and brother. Yet when Keats What Do I Read Next? When Keats was fifteen, Abbey withdrew him from the Clarke School, Enfield, to apprentice with an apothecary-surgeon and study medicine in a London hospital. By mentioning the Lyre, Keats invites the reader to dwell on the aural qualities of poetry, much as a musician weighs each chord. The paradox is resolved by the end of the poem: joy and fulfillment are to be found here, now; he needs no more. Keats explores this idea in the first book of Endymion 1818. You can also find here the.
Where it ends is death, which, probably not by coincidence, Keats had experienced in recent events of his life and was aware was coming for him all too soon. Nature Like his fellow romantic poets, Keats found in nature endless sources of poetic inspiration, and he described the natural world with precision and care. The turning point in a sonnet is called the volta, which literally means turn. Keats not only uses nature as a springboard from which to ponder, but he also discovers in nature similes, symbols, and metaphors for the spiritual and emotional states he seeks to describe. Its separateness contasts with the poet's relationship with his beloved later. For Keats, life—and death—were about beauty, and the opportunity to observe it and to sing its praises. Confusion and desperation characterize the other Fanny lyrics, as well as many of his letters to her.
Autoplay next poem 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 human 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. I particularly liked this image: 'earth's human shores'. The North Star, of course, is the one star that doesn't move in the sky, because it is directly above the North Pole. I spent quite a lot of time talking about meter in my last post. There is a possible ambiguity in the last line; is Keats saying that even if love doesn't enable him to live forever, he will die content in ecstasy and love? This post is part of the series: John Keats Poetry Study Guide.
Hard to say, because, then in the next line, he shifts gears, and starts talking about all the ways in which he doesn't want to be like the star. Pick specific details about this poem that might have led them to this conclusion, and explain your choices. She has given readings of her own work throughout the , and she teaches at Massachusetts Communications College in Boston. It all adds up to the reverent stance that Keats took toward his artistry and the things that he wrote about, particularly when the subject matter was nature, which he held in the kind of esteem that many people reserve for God. Although Keats was apprenticed to an apothecary, he soon realized that writing was his true talent, and he decided to become a poet.