Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.
People who feel the life with the all the heart are burning down as fast as falling star goes to the earth. John Keats was the like a bright star whose shine was so bright that it extincts so fast. He died at age 25. But he is still alive in our hearts and souls. I have never heard about him but the movie “Bright Star” made by Jane Campion acquainted me with this great poet! Jane Campion gave him new life.
The main characters were played by Abbie Cornish (Fanny Brawne) and Ben Whishaw (Keats). The movie shows last 3 years of Keats’s life when he felt a big and pure love. However, the fortune wasn’t kind to him. He was poor and couldn’t marry with Fanny Brawne. But his love was much valuable to her rather than money and gold… Their love to each other was pure and strong. They spent several months in love. They felt happiness when they were together, felt sorrow when they were far away from each other. They lived full of feelings life. But the fortune sundered them forever. John Keats passed away. But he is still alive in his poems. We read it and feel his feelings and soul. There was a scene with the butterflies in the movie. Their life is very short. But is it necessary to live if you live only several days? Of course, yes. John Keats was like a butterfly. He felt feelings of a larva when it turns to a butterfly. People can live hundred years in the stage of larva or can live only 25 years but with the transformation to the butterfly. So what is better? How should we live our life? Should we be larvas or become beautiful butterflies? In my opinion, we should always listen to our heart and feelings. Life is too short to withhold from our feelings.