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Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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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