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Bright Star Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Keats Type: Poetry Views: 3305

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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.


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| Posted on 2013-11-16 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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wonderous is the star so bright and radiant
Clean and crisp is the gaze shon down upon the earth
The skin of his lover is compared to the beuty of the virgin snow
To rest upon his lovers breast is heaven on earth
eternal rest fulfilled contemptment
Until her breath no more

| Posted on 2013-04-09 | by a guest

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i think that the girl must know where is bryan. anne-sophie laugt 806

| Posted on 2013-01-04 | by a guest

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This poem is a truly beautiful mark of Keats\'s love for his wife, Fanny. In it he begins by wishing that, like a star, he could be eternal and never fade. But then he realizes the disadvantages of the star, namely being in \"lone splendour.\" He then speaks of seeing the world from a different perspective and all of its glory and how if he were immortal he could see it all. But his love for Fanny is so great that he\'d rather not be eternal and would rather be with his beloved. He then makes the claim that in this regard he is like a star; his love for Fanny is unchanging and will last forever. And if she died he would have no reason or motivation to be eternal.

| Posted on 2012-11-18 | by a guest

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You also may want to note the turn with the -no- in line 9 that indicates a shift of what he wants and doesnt want in a star. In addition, this turn also indicates a turn in tone, where he moves from \"lone\", \"nature\'s patient\", \"gazing\" to \"pillowed\", \"fair\", \"ripening\" and these types of words. He is really contrasting his love with a star, and saying his love is above it.

| Posted on 2012-10-18 | by a guest

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this anonymous poem by john keats says that the poet
wants to be a star as stars are ever constant as like though art but soon he remembers the his anonymous love of his wife and he realise that he is a star ever after as his love will be ever and after constant.

| Posted on 2012-08-26 | by a guest

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in simple, he wants tobe a star, because stars are forver being constant, he wants their immortality, but doesn\'t want the loneliness of being a star, he then realizes his love for his wife is immortal, so he understands that he is a star, his love for his wife is eternal, forever. -Steven Carswell, Student

| Posted on 2012-07-25 | by a guest

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Keats is trying to say that he wishes the moment with him lying on his lover\'s chest could last forever like the bright star (maybe the north star in that it is always constant and just watches the world/time just pass by.He is perfectly content in that moment and doesn\'t want it to end.

| Posted on 2011-11-29 | by a guest

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This Is A Beautiful Poem, It Shows A Lot Of Emotion And The Point - He Loves Who He Loves More Than The World And His Wish That He Could Be Immortal.

| Posted on 2011-10-02 | by a guest

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This poem is a story, the first line illustrates Keats longing for immortality, to live forever with his beloved, to see hear her take a \"tender-taken breath\", to forever watch her with \'eternal lids apart\', to be like a bright star, forever \'being\'.
however the second line question\'s this, \"Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night\", to be a star is to be alone, isolate in the sky, without , his loved one. This forms a conundrum for Keats, he wishes to be a star, figuratively of course, but to be so would isolate him from Fanny.
Keats then lists all that a star is, its constancy, its permanence and realises that he is already constant, he is constant in his relationship with Fanny Price, and his love is unchangeable, therefore he is already a star, figuratively, and he would rather die then be without her.. rather die than be a star, for he is already immortal in his love.
\"And so live ever--or else swoon to death.\"

| Posted on 2011-08-27 | by a guest

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The message Keats conveys through this poem is that if he could live forever, he would rather be with his lover than enjoy the beauty of the world. He glorifies this girl with his choice of syntax: showing readers how beautiful the world is, and then comparing it to his lover. He chooses simple things about her (\"Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, / still, still to hear her tender-taken breath\") over watching the world eternally.
It\'s a beautiful poem. Respect it.

| Posted on 2011-05-21 | by a guest

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the poem has been composed for his beloved, Fanney.

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest

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dear person complaining about having to write a 3-5 page essay, my REGULAR english teacher made us write a 5+ page literary analysis on it. its not that hard :)grow up.

| Posted on 2011-04-01 | by a guest

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This poem expressing three major messgaes, he wished to be immortal, he seeks life to be unchanging and he desires companionship.

| Posted on 2011-03-20 | by a guest

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This Poem is a waste of my life. Keats can blow it out his ass. Because of him, my AP Lit teacher is making the class do a 3 page essay on it. i mean honestly, how do you expect us to write a 3-5 page essay on a poem thats 14 goddamn lines long? John Keats, sir, you may go to hell. That is all i have to say about that.

| Posted on 2011-03-01 | by a guest

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Keats likes stars and astronomy and got the inspiration for this poem from Black Swan. He didnt like Natalie Portmans performance and this led him to think very poorly about life and then eventually become depressed and this depression made him sink to the low level of writing. Because everyone hates writing and literature classes. the end. btw this is passion.

| Posted on 2011-01-15 | by a guest

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In this scenario, the metaphor here is between the star and himself (Keats). He is wishing he was the star "Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art" he says all these good things about the star and glorifies it because the star is immortal "And watching, with eternal lids apart,"; unlike him, who is sick and knows hes going to die soon. he wish he didnt have to die so that he could be with his loved one. The star is "Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell". But of course, he is not a star and hes going to die. An inevitable occurrence that he knows way too well about.

| Posted on 2009-07-08 | by a guest

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