He dreams of spending his eternity resting his head on the breast of his girlfriend. Last Sonnet is a lyric poem and, particularly, a sonnet. 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, Pillowed 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 in death. English Romantic poet John Keats was born on October 31, 1795, in London. Keats uses dominant imagery to portray the unmanageable desire to still the time and conveys the reality of life.
One can also find alliteration in mountains and moors, trying to stress his adoration for them. This is a great post, and you've helped bring even more meaning to Bright Star for me. His life began in Mortgage, London, England on the 31st of October in 1795. In the second line of the first. From the stars description we can gather that it is the North Star that was often used by navigators and the speaker is probably at sea. The basic premise of a Shakespearean sonnet is as follows: 1 In lines 1-12 a problem is presented; 2 Lines 13-14 contain a that solves the problem or answers the question posed. What is the star watching? Well, in poetry, you can get away with anything.
Remember, these posts are just my interpretation of the poems - if you have different ideas, let me know. Keats writes the poem in iambic pentameter. After that, people who used it were being deliberately old-fashioned, using it for poetic or rhetorical effect. Keats starts this new stanza by expressing his admiration for mountains and moors and the beautiful snow that accumulates on top of its peak. Under his doctor's orders to seek a warm climate for the winter, Keats went to Rome with his friend, the painter Joseph Severn. He died at a very young age, at 25 years old, and his works had been published only four years before his death. The oldest of four children, he lost both his parents at a young age.
Keats starts this new stanza by expressing his admiration for mountains and moors and the beautiful snow that accumulates on top of its peak. He wrote it in 1819 originally, although he revised it a year later. Humans cannot be steadfast and immortal and love is an essential part of being human. Keats writes about the time in autumn as it causes summer to end and winter to arrive, however, he sometimes uses time as the object in a more depressing way. In stanza five, the speaker 'takes a step backwards' and considers the urn in its. The book had been given to Keats in 1819 by.
He wishes that he could be as steadfast and consistent as the bright star. He wishes to be like the star in his devotion to his love, and to continue to love her, to continue to be with her as he is in the moment. The poem starts with the wish of the speaker to be like the 'stedfast' star which does not change. However, living like the star is impossible. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving -- I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you.
But he wants to take that whole never moving, never changing bit, and put it in a different context. All the lines so far in the poem express the profound admiration that Keats has for the skies and the Earth, since he compares them with elisions values. He really is going to die. But no -- I must live upon hope and Chance. Thanks for posting this - thoroughly enjoyed.
Shelley also exaggerated the effect that the criticism had on Keats, attributing his declining health over the following years to a spirit broken by the negative reviews. Another one of the famous odes, this time addressing us, the reader, directly, and telling us the best way to deal with a case of the blues. They conjure the seemingly eternal presence of the star in the sky. This repetition enforces the passion he for the star. He wants to be unaffected by the natural change that occur in the earth, meanwhile he loves to watch the changing process of snowcapped mountains, the moving water and other happenings. On that very time, he denies to be changed. The speaker wonders about the ever changing nature of human life and wishes to bypass that.
So, basically, he'd like to be like the star, but. Now he mixes things up a little by throwing in a simile. Moors here refers to the open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather, bracken and moss mostly found in high altitudes and latitudes. This poem is absolutely striking in its composition and vividly states the emotions of a lover. Ye unblessed being Born in despair Afore blooming fully Was eclipsed by death cruellyThough had a little past in poesy Art Yet Great and Grand, ceased to be lost Ah! 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. Keats brings back the stars and its gazing once again in line seven.
Here once again we can observe the interaction between the moment and eternity - if he continues to love her he will live eternally, stedfast like the star. As a result, the North Star is often used for navigation. Hence, natural imagery acquires also a melancholic tone, which was already introduced in the first stanza with the image of the star. But now, in the very second line of the poem, he starts telling us how he doesn't want to be like the star. The sonnet with its measured space and serene dignity is a flawless composition in design and craftsmanship. The religiousness was being compared to the star, and now it is being compared to the moving waters.
Whatever the star is watching over we have no idea. Makes things so much clearer, right? The spondee serves to emphasise the star, but also contributes to the prayer-like nature of the sonnet - it adds solemnity to the appeal to the star for stedfastness in love. Once again, newly fallen snow and pure ablution represents purity and contains a connotation of sexual purity, especially when put in context. He tries to create imagery of a winter and lonely place. If our man had grown up in America, we think he would have been a baseball player all the way. This is the first time Keats uses religion in the poem. That means it has 14 lines.