July 9, 2010

Bright Star

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--Description: 19th C, Keats J., Nature, Night, Sonnet--

Bright star, would I were steadfast 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 steadfast, 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.

John Keats


--Did You Know: (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) Keats was an English poet who became one of the key poets of the English Romantic movement during the early nineteenth century. During his very short life, his work received constant critical attacks from periodicals of the day, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen has been immense. Elaborate word choice and sensual imagery characterize Keats' poetry, including a series of odes that were his masterpieces and which remain among the most popular poems in English literature. Read more at: John Keats

--Word of the Day: expatiate\ek-SPAY-shee-ayt\, intransitive verb:
1. To speak or write at length or in considerable detail.
2. To move about freely; to wander.
Example:
He had told her all he had been asked to tell--or all he meant to tell: at any rate he had been given abundant opportunity to expatiate upon a young man's darling subject--himself.
-Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope's Year

--Quote of the Day: Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.
-Michel Foucault

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2 comments:

Robert Anderson on July 9, 2010 at 6:32 PM said...

I'm glad you posted this one. I never tire from reading it. You know, to be honest it has got to be one of my absolute favorites(and not just because it's written in the form of a sonnet either hehe).

V. Mahfood on July 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM said...

I do love sonnets myself, throw in the moon and it's perfect!

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