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,
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Form: Sonnet

Comments about Bright Star by John Keats

  • (10/27/2013 1:58:00 AM)

    poems explain please (Report) Reply

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  • (7/17/2013 9:01:00 AM)

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

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

    nice and beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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.

  • (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

  • (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
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  • Sophie Hu (3/20/2012 9:25:00 AM)

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

  • (12/31/2011 10:41:00 PM)

    Oh so beautiful a write...
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  • (12/24/2011 9:03:00 AM)

    this is very nice poem as the poet is invoking the bright pole star and longs for its steadiness but at the same time he does not want its loneliness. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (4/20/2011 5:13:00 AM)

    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...
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (4/20/2011 4:59:00 AM)

    He He imagined...
    He saw the Bright Star

    Although he was ill
    As he was optimist
    He saw only that Bright Star

    He knew everyone
    One day will sigh

    But His poetic star
    Will always shine

    And He...will remain
    As a Bright Star
    As far as
    Any one can read this poem

    Sensing with John Keats
    And fervently...
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  • (4/19/2011 10:07:00 PM)

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Keats had a way with words, and this gem still reads easily and has a terrific flow to it. A vividly beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (4/19/2011 12:57:00 PM)

    This is an astonishingly beautiful poem. The idea of eternal bliss (“To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, /Awake for ever in a sweet unrest...”) presages Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn” (”More happy love! more happy, happy love! For ever warm and still to be enjoyed...”) and the poem, I feel, is generated with almost unbearable intensity from the passionate love Keats had for Fanny which he knew, because of his TB, would never be consummated. In his imagination this consummation is forever foregone in a dream of eternal post-coital bliss. (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2011 7:03:00 AM)

    Though these lines seem to be extremely sensuous yet they express poet's pain for he knew that he was to leave the world and relax among the stars. The poem has great vivid imagery. It is the voice of a sad heart who wants some comfort. Excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (4/19/2011 5:08:00 AM)

    Well composed by ray of heart, it starlight steal the night close to heart :) _Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2010 7:35:00 PM)

    good poem i really liked it, im going to use it in my poem book for school (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2010 4:02:00 PM)

    The poet opens with an apostrophe to 'Bright Star.' The object of his direct address symbolizes the everlasting nature of a heavenly body, which hangs in the sky through all eternity, and by its very nature burns forever. We who look up and see the burning star draw the inevitable conclusion most mortals would given the circumstances. The star sits in the sky, every night in the same place, or so it seems to us who cannot see that the star is in reality undergoing daily changes from one night to the next. The star seems to be a stationary object, and so we attribute the human quality of steadfast devotion and patience to the unmoving star as it watches the changes that take place under its steadfast gaze!

    The sestet beginning with 'still steadfast, still unchangeable' puts the poet's longing to possess his love like he imagines the eternal star to be forever gazing down at earth's mutability, exactly what he desires to be as he lies aswoon on his beloved one's breast which rises and falls with her breathing, and so he will live forever in ecstasy or die in her arms. She is his sole aim in life or death. The ever recurrent preoccupation Keats has with death comes to the fore once again!
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  • Ramesh T A (4/19/2010 10:09:00 AM)

    wonderful bright star quite sensuous to feel about while reading the poetry of John Keats! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (4/19/2010 10:07:00 AM)

    Wonderful bright star quite sensuous to feel about while reading the poetry of John Keats! (Report) Reply

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