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Bright Star

British Poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne

Bright Star

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Bright Star 2

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Gold framed sketch above here

Bright Star movie 2

To Fanny Brawne

from John Keats

I cry your mercy -pity -love! -aye, love!
Merciful love that tantalizes not,
One-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love,
Unmasked, and being seen -without a blot!
O! let me have thee whole, -all -all -be mine!
That shape, that fairness, that sweet minor zest
Of love, your kiss, -those hands, those eyes divine,
That warm, white, lucent, million-pleasured breast, –
Yourself -your soul -in pity give me all,
Withhold no atom’s atom or I die,
Or living on, perhaps, your wretched thrall,
Forget, in the mist of idle misery,
Life’s purposes, -the palate of my mind
Losing its gust, and my ambition blind!

Chemisette early 19th MET


early 19th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art

AA Oct 2007 (4)

Spencer jacket

c. 1820

Augusta Auction Oct ’07

John Keats letter to Fanny Brawne May 1820

Copy of an original letter from John Keats

to Fanny Brawne

c. May 1820

John Leats by Joseph Severn 1819

John Keats by Joseph Severn

c. 1819 oil on ivory

Joseph traveled to Rome with Keats, and was with him

when he died there on Febuary 26, 1821


Bright Star

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.

Russell Page

A meadow in The Gardens of Russel Page

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I’m not sure whether I’m more excited about the carpets of

Spanish blue bells, gorgeous Regency costumes, or the

lovely tones of dark grays, blues and indigo, interjected

by old rosy reds and aquas…


Additional information about the poet and film here