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Bright Star by John Keats - Readings and Imagery

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Year 11 Literature Romantic Poetry: "Bright Star" By John Keats By Natalie Hind "Bright Star" is a Shakespearean sonnet with a Volta present after the eighth line. The poem is written in the form of one long sentence, perhaps symbolic of a star's everlasting nature. The poem is made up of three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. "Bright Star" has a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG. "Bright Star" by John Keats, is able to express several different readings. One reading can be that Keats is expressing a more sensual idea about how he wants to be in the height of sexual pleasure for all of time. However, the more apparent and overall more romantic reading is that of the poet's desire to be like a star in that is unmoving and eternal. ...read more.

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The persona reveals his awareness of this during the last line of the poem, where he seems to see only one other possibility and that is to "swoon to death". "Bright Star" has a melancholic tone, expressed through his desire to experience a life that never moves forward, while forever experiencing love, passion and sensuality. The impossibility of this desire is effective in conveying the tone. The use of imagery is unusual in that Keats dismisses many of the star's more apparent qualities and instead focuses on its unchanging nature. Keats uses imagery such as "Of pure ablution round earth's human shores/ Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask/ Of snow upon the mountains and the moors" in order to convey his meaning. ...read more.

Conclusion

Keats paints a perfect picture of the way he feels for this woman, in that if he is not enabled to live forever, he will die content to simply love her. I understand Keats' longing to be everlasting, as I know that he was dying at the time "Bright Star" was written. Personally, I think that the poem was magnificently written and is able to effectively convey passionate feelings to the reader. "Bright Star" stirs deep emotions, especially when the writer's context is known. The poem holds romantic aspects to it as well as being a Romantic poem, which I find appealing. Overall, it is my opinion that "Bright Star" was written masterfully and holds a very beautiful message about life, love and passion. ...read more.

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