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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

In "Bright Star," what are the apparent contradictions in the phrase "sweet unrest"? 

"Sweet unrest" are the two words that Keats uses to capture the feeling he has when he lies pressed against his lover in the moonlight. Even though there is an oxymoron in the juxtaposition of the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013 6:21 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

In "Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art," the speaker repeats "still" (13).What relevant denotations...

The word "still" marks a change of tone in the poem. Keats has been expressing the thought that he wishes he could be eternal as a star that watches alone over "moving waters" and "the soft-fallen...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2009 5:30 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

Why is apostrophe more effective than a description of the star/speaking about it in the poem "Bright Star" by John...

Apostrophe is used most often in poetry to add emotional intensity; the emotional intensity of "Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art" comes from Keats' viewing of the planet Venus...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2010 1:21 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

How would you explicate the religious imagery in Keats' "Bright Star!"?

The major reference to religion in this poem is through the description of the way that the speaker imagines the star to watch the seas endless retreat and drawing in around the shores of the...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2013 11:23 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

What are the qualities of the star?

The main quality of the star is that it is eternal. We can see this in the poet's use of the word "steadfast" and in his use of the actual word "eternal" to describe the way that the star watches...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 10:44 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

In John Keats' poem Bright Star, what seems concrete and particular in the speaker's observations?

John Keats, in his poem Bright Star: Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art, seems to experiencing the deeply felt urge to remain forever as he is now, a solitary figure but with his head resting...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2014 6:51 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

With what topic is the speaker concerned in this sonnet?

"Bright Star" is widely considered to be the last poem John Keats wrote before he died at the age of twenty-five. Scholars believe the "bright star" addressed in the poem to be a representation of...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017 9:57 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

What does the whole poem 'Bright Star' mean?

Bright StarBright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —Not in lone splendour hung aloft the nightAnd watching, with eternal lids apart,Like Nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,The moving...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2012 8:13 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

What fear is Keats expressing in lines 1-4 of "When I Have Fears That May Cease to Be"?

Like the other responses state, the speaker is afraid of his own impending mortality. The poem is a meditation of the speaker’s feelings about death. In the first four lines specifically, the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 6:08 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

Paraphrase Bright Star by John Keats Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —Not in lone splendour hung...

Keats is well-known for his affinity with and appreciation of nature and his poetry is the expression of this. There is a wistful and sad tone to this poem as Keats is aware of his impending death...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013 12:21 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

Comparison between the poem "Bright Star" and Campion's interpretation in her film Bright Star.

It's interesting to note the wording of your question, which seems to suggest that Jane Campion's film Bright Star is less of a biopic on the life of John Keats and more of a adaption of Keats's...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 2:55 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

How does the language in "Bright Star!" affect one's attitudes towards the speaker?

It is hard not to read this poem and feel immense sympathy for the speaker, especially if the biographical information of Keats is taken into consideration and his suspicions of his early death....

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012 6:39 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

How would you consider approaching the sense of place in Keats' "Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art?"...

To consider place in “Bright Star! Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art” time must also be considered. The two places discussed in the poem are the speaker's place on earth and the position of the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

How would you consider approaching "the sense of place" in "Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art"? 

Key to exploring the sense of place in this poem is recognising the way in which this poem describes both the "Bright Star" of the title and also the world that it overlooks. The sense of place...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012 10:05 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

How does Keats use different kinds of themes, good imagery, language, romanticism? How does he show his pessimistic...

My favorite Keats poem is "Ode to a Grecian Urn". There are plenty of images there--the lovers just before they kiss under a tree in Spring, the tree that never loses its leaves, the cow...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2007 4:23 am UTC

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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

What is the topic?

The topic of this poem is love. In this poem, the speaker is using the idea of the star that shines bright and eternally as a way of talking about his love for a woman. In this poem, the speaker...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 10:39 pm UTC

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