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Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Timeless

    This book was absolutely amazing! 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 i...moreJohn Keats is one of the best poets I have ever had the honor to read. Having died at the age of 25, John Keats may have lived a short life but his poetry and letters show he knew much more about love and life than most of us today. This book, in particular, serves as a companion to the 2009 movie "Bright Star", staring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw. As the movie focuses on the doomed romantic relationship between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, this book offers selected poetry and letters that John Keats wrote to Fanny. Unfortunately, none of Fanny Brawne's letters have survived.

    Despite the fact that all the letters included in this book are all from John Keats, you still are given a glance into his heart. After reading this book I was in awe at how deep and personal his letters and poems were. A few tears were shed, both of sadness and happiness. Even though Fannny Brawne did finally marry six years after Keats death you can not believe anything but that these two were soul mates in the highest sense of the word.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    So Beautiful.

    I got this book the other day and it is now definitely one of my favorite books. Keats has an amazing way with words & It just reminds you that in a world where texts and IM's are taking over, nothing is better than a great love letter.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Love Letters Exposed

    Bright Star is a compilation of the most romantic and endearing love letters that John Keats wrote to Fanny Brawne. I adored this book because I had read bits and pieces of the love letters online and in the back pages of some massive poetry books, but this made reading the letters so simple. Also, the book puts the love letters in order of when Keats wrote them, so it is so easy to follow along with the love story as it pans out. The ending to their beautiful love story, however, is heartbreaking, and reading the letters almost makes it worse. It is so worth it, though. Never before had I ever read love letters that literally made me cry, and I was sobbing the whole way through reading them. This book is perfect for hopeless romantics and people who refuse to give up on true love.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    A Glimpse into History

    I loved this collection of love letters and poems. After watching the movie and reading the letters Keats poems have so much more body to them.

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