So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John

So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne ❮Epub❯ ➡ So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne ➠ Author John Keats – The epic romance of one of the most celebrated poets in the English language Coming to theatres in September 2009 is the tragic love story of nineteenth century poet John Keats and the love of his lif The epic romance and Delicate: ePUB ✓ of one of the most celebrated poets in the English language Coming to theatres in September is the tragic love story of nineteenth century poet John Keats and the love of his life Fanny Brawne Keats died at the young So Bright PDF or age of twenty five leaving behind some of the most exuisite and moving verse and letters ever written inspired by his deep love for Fanny Bright Star is a collection of Keat's romantic poems and correspondence in the heat of his passion and is a Bright and Delicate: PDF/EPUB è dazzling display of a talent cut cruelly short.

  • ebook
  • 144 pages
  • So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  • John Keats
  • English
  • 22 May 2014
  • 9781101152348

10 thoughts on “So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

  1. Dolors Dolors says:

    ”Let me have another opportunity of years before me and I will not die without being remember’d” pleads John Keats in one of the thirty seven surviving love letters he sent to his “angel” Fanny Brawne It was some months before his partying to Italy where he was sent following his doctor’s advice as the last chance to survive a long strenuous illness He was supposed to benefit from the milder winter there He would never return to England dying in Rome at the premature age of twenty five and without having ever replied to a single letter from Fanny He wrote to his friend MrBrown instead explaining he could not bear to write to her knowing that he would never see her again in this life Fanny’s unopened letters were buried with him in Rome where a simple stone pays homage to him with no name engraved only the words “Here lies one whose name was writ in water” as he reuestedKeats’s spell has gone very deep for me This short collection of letters and poems has left me emotionally drained they bear compelling witness to Keats’s tenderness passion genius and vulnerability It was sometime during the spring of 1819 the one he spent next to Fanny that Keats experienced the great outpouring of his poetic life managing to write about love with the only authority he ever accepted that of experience itself It was also the year he fell mortally sick You are to me an object intensely desirable – the air I breathe in a room empty of you is unhealthy Letter sent to Fanny from Kentish Town preparing for his trip to Italy 1819Keats published only fifty four poems in three slim volumes and in spite of achieving little public notoriety during his brief life I believe him to be the uintessential British poet of all times Keats’s grace which is sometimes nearly “humoristic” along with his verbal skill and his dry wit can take by surprise any reader who believed him to be the unmanly delicate poet at first glance innocent he seemed to be We can sense some of this ingenious playfulness in his short poem called On Fame” Fame like a wayward girl will still be coyTo those who woo her with too slavish kneesBut makes surrender to some thoughtless boyAnd dotes the upon a heart at ease;She is a Gipsey will not speak to thoseWho have not learnt to be content without her And if one bothers to look deeper he will discover an unknown exotic Keats An acute poet who plays with his own expressive virtuosity creating poetry from poetizing without an inch of seriousness or philosophical pretensions his verses appear charged with irony impregnating the reader with flashing tastes of melancholy Taking Wordsworth Milton and Shakespeare for inspiration Keats’s mature sense makes the career of the artist become an exploration of art’s power to bring solace and meaning to human suffering His four Odes are perfect examples of the way his poems through a highly self conscious art embody meditation on desire and its fulfilment and also on wishes dreams and romance Forlorn the very word is like a bellTo toll me back from thee to my sole selfAdieu the fancy cannot cheat so wellAs she is fam'd to do deceiving elfAdieu adieu thy plaintive anthem fadesPast the near meadows over the still streamUp the hill side; and now 'tis buried deepIn the next valley gladesWas it a vision or a waking dream?Fled is that music—Do I wake or sleep? Ode to a NightingaleKeats mastered an unusual willingness to embrace uncertainty live with mystery and make peace with ambiguity a term which has been called Negative Capability in which the poet is able to forget about his self and in vacating his mind he can fully succumb into the intensity of countless experiences creating poems out of them It’s in this fashion that the reader can “feel” rather than “read” Keats’s verses because they don’t struggle with aesthetic form but for meaning against the limits of experience and always with the under shadowing presence of death behind beauty Their sorrows Pale were the sweet lips I sawPale were the lips I kissed and fair the formI floated with about that melancholy stormA Dream after reading Dante’s Episode of Paolo and Francesca Keats’s relationship to Fanny Brawne has tantalized generations of lovers of his poetry moved and shocked them by their frank passion and intense feelings I count myself among them His letters and poems are all part of the alchemy that makes Keats so special The young man who died devastated convinced that he would be forgotten has been repeatedly re discovered and remains immortal in the pulsating hearts of all the readers who ache and delight in the way in which beauty reveals the subtle truth behind Keats’s distressing verses Keats rests in peace knowing he left this earthly world beloved than most of us will ever be Bright star would I were stedfast 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 fall and swell
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest
Still still to hear her tender taken breath
And so live ever or else swoon to death Bright Star dedicated to Fanny Brown

  2. amapola amapola says:

    February 1820My dearest Girl –If illness makes such an agreeable variety in the manner of your eyes I should wish you sometimes to be ill I wish I had read your note before you went last night that I might have assured you how far I was from suspecting any coldness You had a just right to be a little silent to one who speaks so plainly to you You must believe you shall you will that I can do nothing say nothing think nothing of you but what has its spring in the Love which has so long been my pleasure and torment On the night I was taken ill when so violent a rush of blood came to my Lungs that I felt nearly suffocated – I assure you I felt it possible I might not survive and at that moment though t of nothing but you – When I said to Brown ‘this is unfortunate’ I thought of you – ‘T is true that since the first two or three days other subjects have entered my head – I shall be looking forward to Health and the Spring and a regular routine of our old Walks Your affectionateJK –Sono lettere piene d’a uelle di John Keats a Fanny Brawne Lungi dall’essere sdolcinato Keats ci mette il fuoco dentro E così io dopo aver invidiato Fanny Stevenson per l’uomo che ha avuto torno ad invidiare un’altra Fanny Fanny Brawne per l’uomo che non ha avuto ma che è sempre stato suohttpsyoutuben9cgtWKI4TU

  3. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

    While I own the Penguin Classics edition of The Complete Poems of John Keats this is a marvelous compilation of the beautiful letters that John Keats wrote to Fanny Brawne the young woman that he fell head over heels in love with in the last years of his short life These letters provide such a beautiful window into the heart and soul of one of mankind's greatest poets Ms Jane Campion the director of the recently released film about Keats's love affair with Fanny Brawne has collected Keats's letters and poetry he wrote inspired by his relationship with Fanny into a wonderful little volume The letters are presented first in chronological order; followed by Keats's poetry It is an incredibly moving and emotional presentation and made me realize just how intensely heartfelt Keats's feelings for Fanny wereThe next time you take a road trip or vacation with the love of your life take this little book along and read it aloud It is a beautiful testament to love and a tribute to one of the finest poets in the English language If you love poetry this little volume belongs on your shelf

  4. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    The movie is better than the book Much betterNormally it is the book is better than the movie and a friend commented during our book club's Christmas party last month that this line should not be uttered any It is always the case especially for us readers However in my mind there are exceptions like Tolkien's LOTR and Mario Puzo's The Godfather And this book joins the twoWell in fairness the book is not a novel but just a compilation of letters that English romantic poet John Keats wrote to her girlfriend Fanny Brawne during the last four years of his life It also has the poems that he composed during their relationship including the one the last one he wrote entitled To Fanny that was so sad and poignant as if John Keats was saying his final goodbye to Fanny Brawne You see when John Keats died he was in Italy while Fanny Brawne remained in London so they corresponded via letters and John Keats wrote her poems That last poem was used in the closing scene in the movie directed by Jane Champion who directed the Oscar nominated movie in the 90's called The Piano I will always remember that scene It brought back memories of Jane Austen movie adaptations Glorious cinematography Shots of English estates amidst the cotton white fog Very ethereal especially with the romantic and sad verses of John Keats narrated while the beautiful female actress is reading while walking and crying If you are single poetry savvy and ready for some crying over lost love go for the movie adaptation of this book It competed in the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and was first screened in public in May 2009 It lost to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon and Jane Champion lost to our very own Briliante Mendoza with his movie Butchered Kinatay Now that I've seen both films ie Bright Star and Butchered I say oh why oh why Isabelle Huppert and company?Sorry I digressedThe book obviously seemed to have been published only for movie promotion Jane Champion's introduction basically covers the plot of the movie and she used the lines in both letters and poems in the dialogues I liked the movie but the book seems to be like a separate entity and I did not feel anything reading the letters and poems Maybe because they were not dated so I had to guess when a particular letter or poem was written when they were still together at Hampstead when John Keats was in London or when he was already in Italy? Translation when he was still alive when was already sick with TB or when he was already terminally ill? I thought that a short intro to each would have put the reader into the right time frame and perspective I also waited for the big farewell poem like Jose Rizal's Mi Ultimo Adios prior to John Keats' final demise but there was none I found it lacking Sort of bitin But this book is definitely a nice intro to the works of John Keats In the book and in the movie they said that his first poetry compilation Endymion is a must read and I will definitely be in the look out for that one

  5. Poet Gentleness Poet Gentleness says:

    I have to start saying that this book is not a novel but a compilation of letters that John Keats the English romantic poet wrote to her girlfriend Fanny Brawne during the last four years of his life It also has the poems that he composed during their relationship including the last one he wroteIt's absolutely romantic It makes me wonder what we have lost due to modern times and long for men who could write beautifully like Keats did for Brawne It's both touching and beautifulIf you are like me that cry over everything sad get your tissue box ready because this is a reality of a love affair turned impossible in its all true harsh colorsI'm even crying writing this review It is so beautiful and at the same time so sad and poignant that is impossible not to be moved John knows he can't love Fanny because he is poor and has nothing to offer her but then they stand their grounds against prejudiced society and when they are set on having their love affair he discovers he is going to die of tuberculosis He must go to Italy and she stays in EnglandOn all his letters and we don't see hers because they were buried with him he talks about his love his undying hope to see her again and his miserable life where even to breathe is painful In all his imperfections Keats is perfect even when he is cruelly true and hurts Fanny by letting her know that he is suffering and missing her Their love never died This is the most romantic love story I've ever read and I greatly recommend itI have to thank Dolors Casas for the great gift I loved it Dolors thanks

  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days three such days with you I could fill with delight than fifty common years could ever contain”

  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    My full review can be found on my blog

  8. Diana Lynn Diana Lynn says:

    Very romanticit's insane to think that there actually were men who wrote poetry like this to women at one time or another The first half of the book The letters to Fanny were both touching and beautiful The second half which were the best of his poems was wonderful as well however I had to re read most of it and look up a lot of the words since it is written in old English The movie was very well done as well and Jane Champion gives a little intro in this book which helps to put things in perspective If you are a fan of poetry I suggest you read this book but keep a dictionary handy 810

  9. A A says:

    I picked this book after I saw the movie and I was absolutely stunned by the beauty sincerity and poetry of these letters They are intense and heartbreaking I couldn't believe they were written 200 years agoI loved poems as well although I wish there were

  10. Maria Maria says:

    Perfect and imperfect Proof that love never dies This is the most romantic love story I've ever readand probably will ever read in my lifetime Romeo and Juliet Elizabeth and DarcyTristan and Isolde Barbie and Kenamateurs When Fanny was told of Keat's Death the effect on her was terrible The Twenty year old cut her hair short and spent three years in widows black roaming the paths on the Heath where she and Keats had walked together Is there another life?There must be we cannot be created for this kind of suffering What would you have done if your love left you? I'd do the same

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