John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England)

Bright Star - Poem by 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.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Bright Star by John Keats

  • Adrian Martin (4/27/2016 5:52:00 PM)

    The eternity of the diminishing star shows the fleeting episode that is life.... (Report) Reply

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  • Sofia Kioroglou Sofia Kioroglou (11/13/2015 4:10:00 AM)

    Great poem by a great master of poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Vishal Sharma Vishal Sharma (10/27/2015 9:46:00 AM)

    heart touching (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman Seema Jayaraman (9/10/2015 1:03:00 PM)

    I have so much to read.. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (8/6/2015 12:44:00 PM)

    Nice poem. I am mouth-watered (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris Godfrey Morris (3/9/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    Great poetry by an awesome poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/22/2014 2:17:00 AM)

    A great poem on nature, love and beautiful it is. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    ......... love the romance in this beautiful poem....especially the last line, ..it's like the cherry on the ice cream sundae.... (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan Dawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 4:45:00 PM)

    This us an interesting piece of poetry keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/26/2014 4:49:00 AM)

    This is heavenly beautiful. Such a very nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Sara Abu Zaki Sara Abu Zaki (1/30/2014 8:16:00 AM)

    @Nachiketha i believe he was addressing a night star and wishing he was as steadfast (still, eternally fixed) as it was. not because the star shines in loneliness above the Earth and watches over the seasons but because he (our poet) wishes to remain still in his lover's embrace and forever in love as he is in that particular moment.

    Imagine, swooning to death.. geez (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Raval (1/6/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    This poem is very good. (Report) Reply

  • Sam Mohammed (12/17/2013 7:35:00 AM)

    i love the poem, and, in fact, this poem explains almost half of my life.this is the best, a man can get! i am seeing a shining star everyday with my parents in my dream and i wish i will sleep forever in this happiness
    but unfortunately my mom breaks the dream for school. (Report) Reply

  • Nachiketha Naveen (10/27/2013 1:58:00 AM)

    poems explain please (Report) Reply

  • B. Laxmi Priya (7/17/2013 9:01:00 AM)

    beautifully composed by a great master... (Report) Reply

  • Derek Smith Derek Smith (4/19/2013 3:55:00 AM)

    nice and beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • David Wood David Wood (4/6/2013 4:58:00 AM)

    What a beutiful poem. He was writing about his love Fanny Brawne. I wrote a poem Bright Star as a tribute to Keats. (Report) Reply

  • Kelsey Clark (12/19/2012 8:09:00 PM)

    For anyone who is deeply moved by romantic poetry, there is a movie called Bright Star that is centered on John Keats' love for a woman and their passionate but tragic love for one another. It is a lovely film. I just thought I'd share it since it makes this poem even more moving being used in a film. (Report) Reply

    Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/13/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Meaningful it is.

  • Allison Helman (4/19/2012 1:14:00 PM)

    This is one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read. John Keats so fluidly describes the pain and joy of love, this sweet unrest as not opposing sides but, potential alchemic ingredients which amalgamate and stabilize with the constancy of bright star. To ... live forever or swoon to death is again all the same as a future possibility once one exists consecrated in the heightened state of Universal, Creative, Now, Love. Everything else would only be an apparent change in form not essence as illustrated by Beauty is truth, truth beauty... from Ode to a Grecian Urn but, again once alchemic, they are one and the same. (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (4/19/2012 10:40:00 AM)

    Though it shines brightly before our eyes
    a star flickers as it dies
    and Keats' loving heart
    inspires this analogy into art (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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