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

  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/13/2020 10:07:00 AM)

    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-......touching expression. A beautiful poem composed by John Keats.(Report)Reply

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  • verlol139 (2/8/2020 6:26:00 AM)

    what dose this poem even mean(Report)Reply

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  • LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL (12/9/2019 5:37:00 AM)

    ALL PEOPLE. F FF F F FF F U U. U U U U U U C CC C CC C CC C C C K K K. K K K K K(Report)Reply

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  • Monkals Kalu (11/13/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    Genius(Report)Reply

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  • Pat Wolfe (11/11/2019 10:41:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem beautifully read(Report)Reply

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  • Kid the kid (5/28/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    A masterpiece from a literary genius(Report)Reply

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  • Robots (4/26/2019 1:06:00 PM)

    metal machines of destruction they dont like instructions metal machines of fear our extinction is near metal machines of love and nothing above metal machines of night that come into the light metal machines of power it is their hour metal machines are so cold they are bold metal machines(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (2/24/2019 2:40:00 PM)

    A masterpiece from a literary genius.(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (1/12/2019 12:16:00 AM)

    Poetry par excellence.... Congratulation...(Report)Reply

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  • Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (12/28/2018 8:27:00 PM)

    The stars convey many messages therefore this is a nice poem from uncountable stars poem thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (12/25/2018 9:14:00 PM)

    It is my prayer as well:
    Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art-(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/16/2018 9:40:00 PM)

    Short but very mature one of Keats poetic world(Report)Reply

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  • Bhagabat Prasad HottaBhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/11/2018 9:31:00 PM)

    So great sir.....So beautiful......10++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (10/11/2018 5:14:00 PM)

    Breathtaking poetry, unmatched today by the dull norm that has cheapened the page, wonderful! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Afifa Sultana (9/23/2018 1:30:00 AM)

    Watching stars is a great experience, and so reading this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Priyanshu tiwary (6/8/2018 4:11:00 AM)

    What a nice poem . amazing thinking(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (5/30/2018 10:25:00 PM)

    The moving waters at their priestlike task
    Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
    Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask

    the brightest purity(Report)Reply

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  • Kshirod Kumar DehuryKshirod Kumar Dehury (4/20/2018 9:41:00 AM)

    nice poem, thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (4/13/2018 6:19:00 AM)

    Breath and death. Good use of a concluding couplet. SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA(Report)Reply

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  • Jaron (4/9/2018 7:16:00 PM)

    That poem really got to me....I loved it(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, July 17, 2017