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I'd always heard of Keats, but after seeing Bright Star I fell in love with him and his poetry! I actually recently just sewed the whole of "Bright Star" onto cloth! I want to be able to look at the poem forever =)

I envy Keats tattoos! I want one but am going to wait a while...I will probably get Étoile Éclante tattooed...That's "Bright Star" in French. I speak French and adore the poem so it is only fitting!

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So. i found this community by accident. i'm not sure why i didn't think to look something like this up before.
But, i studied keats in a college poetry class and i absolutely fell in love.

and because i'm a ridiculous fangirl
my ex and i met in said class while we were studing him and we got a kitten together and named her keats.
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and for my last birthday (a few months ago) i aquired some fresh ink.
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that's about it. just wanted to say hi and share.

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Happy birthday to Keats!

He'd be 214 today. It's been a good year for Keats, with the reopening of his house in London, and the release of "Bright Star" to mostly great reviews. Can anyone think of anything else?

Here is a bit of Keats to celebrate the day:
                                 TO AUTUMN.


    SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
            To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
        And still more, later flowers for the bees,
        Until they think warm days will never cease,
            For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.


    Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
        Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
        Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
    Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
        Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
            Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
        Steady thy laden head across a brook;
        Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
            Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.


    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
        Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
        And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
    Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
        Among the river sallows, borne aloft
            Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
    And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
        Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
        The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
           And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


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 October 31, 1795 - on this day was Keats born. 

And in honor of the day, here is a bit from "Ode to a Nightingale": 

        Away! away! for I will fly to thee, 
    Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, 
        But on the viewless wings of Poesy, 
    Though the dull brain perplexes and retards: 
        Already with thee! tender is the night, 
    And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne, 
        Cluster'd around by all her starry Fays; 
                But here there is no light, 
    Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown 
        Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.
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Teaching this fabulous narrative poem to my A Level Lit class and, as happens every time I spend time with it, I find myself wondering about Keats's thoughts on his young lovers. Does he snigger at Madeline's trust in the St Agnes superstition or does he embrace her faith in 'legends old'? Does he think of Porphyro as a young man in absolute love or does he see him as a randy boy on the pull? Of course, I'm simplifying and, of course, the answer to the pair of questions is 'both'. Still, as a bit of fun, what are your thoughts?

By the way, I'm thrilled to have found this community! My love affair with Keats is a long one.

Poll #1276376 Madeline and Porphyro


sympathetic romantic
silly superstitious girl
other (please comment)


true love's hero
lechy seducer
other (please comment)
Current Mood:
curious curious
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I don't know. The website only has so much (read: nothing useful whatsoever), and IMDB is equally useless. The release date is for 2009, and it only says UK next to it, so I wonder if it'll be given a run-through there before an American release. (I WOULD DIE OF ANTICIPATION AND ANGER.)

Does anyone have any thoughts/information/previously unknown details about this?

Also...Ben Whishaw...Well, I wasn't sure at first but I do think it will work well enough.

Also, anyone on AIM and wanna fangirl over Keats ever? My AIM is 'JimSturgessIsHot.' I need more Junkets fangirls to giggle with!

Found this on DeviantArt and had to share:

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Hey, guys! I'm looking for Keats and Hellenism by Martin Aske. Can anybody share an e-version?

Not to post twice, I can share an audio book of Keats poetry. Will a rapidshare link be ok here?

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I've read the Gittings biography and the Selected Letters of Keats, and the one thing that remains unclear is the root of Keats' dislike of females. It wasn't simply fear - it seemed to run a lot deeper than that. Perhaps it was that the majority of the women of his time were, in general, a bunch of boring gossips with no real value in society. Maybe that's why Fanny Brawne was so refreshing. My other idea is that Keats recognized in his own passionate temperament the capacity he had for love, for truly all-consuming love (which was later realized in the relationship with Fanny) and wished to avoid it because he knew it would be destructive to his work. But the fact that his dislike of women was just so intense, baffles me.

Any theories? PLEASE enlighten me on this! It's compelling and also sort of distressing. In one of the letters, he even stated that he didn't want women to read his poetry, that he wrote it for men. It was sort of off-putting. I love the guy to death, don't get me wrong. But I definitely feel a need to understand it. If anyone has any insight, please share!
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Not much yet, but the site design is interesting, the plot summary is intriguing, and the cast list is complete. Joseph Severn is low on aforementioned list, and called "Mr. Severn"---suggesting he doesn't have an enormous role, which in turn suggests that we may not be getting an extensive death-scene.


(Though I seriously doubt that the lock of hair on the opening page is genuine, here's a fun related pseudo-fact: a drug test done on Keats's hair revealed that it contained opium [not especially surprising, as he was in a good deal of pain for a long while before his death and opium was prescribed as a painkiller...] A bit of details about the process here: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DEED91739F93BA35751C1A961948260)
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Hi everyone, I'm new here. :) Anyway, I'm a big fan of Keats, but I only recently got the idea to search for a Keats comm. XD I've read several biographies of Keats, as well as his letters--I just can't seem to get enough Keats. And I recently wrote a paper about Keats when I was supposed to be writing a paper about Ovid.

Well, I love making icons and have made several icons of Keats:

Yes, I made Keats popart. XD

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All of them

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