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Bright Star

Rating: 3.7

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,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Allison Helman 19 April 2012

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.

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Kelsey Clark 19 December 2012

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.

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Carlos Echeverria 19 April 2012

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

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Sophie Hu 20 March 2012

Keats is shining like a bright star for this poem, as well as for love, a bright star that dies not and fades not.

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Sylva Portoian 20 April 2011

I can't understand Why some unfair people put marks If they don't understand others’ stanzas... Leave for others to read and comment I think the marks should be removed... He died He doesn't need marks But His Stanzas are alive We all are enjoying... Every phrase soulfully He produced This I call it Human's unsolved confused mentality...! They attack a poet Who was born a saint... I have more to say...

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 October 2021

Ode to a bright star, Beautiful Classic Poem Of The Day. Very touching with romantic and yet strong words, Keats my most favourite Classic poet of the Romantic period. Most deserving!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 05 October 2021

A wonderful poem so beautifully crafted and executed. Very moving write embellished with superb imagery. Timeless.

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Poetic Sky 23 October 2020

My pick Of snow upon the mountains and the moors

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Sylvia Frances Chan 06 October 2020

(2) thus such a beautiful ode to the bright star. This classic sonnet is indescribably beautiful very romantic Sonnet, the most beautiful choice of Poem Hunter and Team to choose this Sonnet of a genius poet as The Classic Poem Of The Day. CONGRATULATIONS.5 stars

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Sylvia Frances Chan 06 October 2020

Ode to a bright star, such tender romantic and beautiful sentences: the journey of this ode is about the fallen mask of snow on the mountains and heath- still steadfast, still unchanging, kisses on the ripening breast of my beautiful love, To feel its soft fall and swelling forever

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