Bright Star

By John Keats 1795–1821 John Keats
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.

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Poet John Keats 1795–1821

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Men & Women, Relationships, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Love, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Living, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Imagery, Allusion

 John  Keats

Biography

John Keats, who died at the age of twenty-five, had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a few magazines. But at each point in his development he took on the challenges of a wide range of poetic forms from the sonnet, to the Spenserian romance, to the Miltonic epic, defining anew their possibilities with his own distinctive fusion of earnest energy, . . .

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SUBJECT Men & Women, Relationships, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Love, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Living, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Imagery, Allusion

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