Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bright Star

I saw 'Bright Star' last night, Jane Campions latest movie about the romantic and tragic love story between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.
I am a romantic and the movie translated beautifully the feelings and emotions this young and mostly unhappy couple went through. Their joys and hopes, sorrows and pain.

I am not sure if the chaste ways of their 'affair' holds true to history, but I liked Campion's interpretation, her attachment to her characters and the clarity of her pictures.
The movie was filmed with great attention to details; dresses, interiors, landscapes and light are exquisite.
I was moved and inspired.

Here is one of his most beautifully written verse on beauty, which I love.
From Keats's Endymion:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.

My own version of a thing of beauty....

Where do you find your thing of beauty? Do you read poetry?


Pictures via movie stills and photobucket.com and my own.


  1. I used to love to read Poetry now I find beauty in photography and nature. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Victoria,
    Hello, I am new to blogging. I found you through the Elegant Thrifter...Stan.
    I am looking forward to viewing this movie. I dabble in art and poetry. Beautiful poem.
    I decided to follow you for fresh inspiration.

  3. I haven't seen this film yet so thank you for the review. To me, the ultimate period piece will always be "The Remains of the Day" with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. The sense of longing and repression in the characters of that film was remarkable. I definitely enjoy poetry. Pablo Neruda, Khalil Gibran, Wordsworth, Allen Ginsberg are some of my favorites.


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