Friday, 6 November 2009

Love Poetry: 'Bright Star' by Keats

Bright star, would I were steadfast 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 steadfast, 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.

Bright Star the film about Keats’ short lived affair with his neighbour Fanny Brawne is released today. Looking for inspiration for your wedding readings- you can also visit the house where he met her and wrote some of his most romantic poems, they even host a monthly poetry reading and appreciation group.

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