Please answer the following questions regarding the poem "Bright Star" by John Keats:1. what are the qualities of the star that he would not want to emulate? 2. why would these qualities be wrong...

Please answer the following questions regarding the poem "Bright Star" by John Keats:

1. what are the qualities of the star that he would not want to emulate?

2. why would these qualities be wrong for him in his situation?

 

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In addition to not wanting to be alone like the star, the speaker of John Keats's "Bright Star," while wishing for the eternity of the star, does not desire the star's task of watching the earth

with eternal lids apart/Like Nature's patient sleepless Eremite

The static quality of the star is expressed in the speaker's oxymoron: 

a sweet unrest,/Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath/And so live ever--....

The tension of this poem is similar to that of Keats's "Ode to a Grecian Urn" in that the speaker admires the eternity of beauty as he does the eternity of the star, but he does not desire the static quality which allows no further action just as he realizes that the lovers painted upon the urn cannot consummate their love. In short, while the speaker wishes to transcend human life and its finiteness, he still does not want to lose his humanity.

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In this poem, Keats is wishing that he could have things both ways.  He wants to be immortal like the star, to be "steadfast."  At the same time, however, he does not want to be "in lone splendor" up in the sky.

So, the quality of the star that he doesn't want to emulate is its aloofness.  He doesn't want to be separated from the human world the way it is.

This would be wrong for him in this situation because it would not allow him to feel love.  The speaker still wants to feel love both physical (pillowed on his love's breast) and emotional.  So being away from humanity would not be good for him.

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