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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, Pillowed 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 in death. 1819

18 Responses to “John Keats – BRIGHT STAR, WOULD I WERE STEDFAST -poem”

  • virginpoet29:

    one of my all time fave poems


    Who’s reading the poem?

  • CottonCandy635:

    love this poem

  • joye25:

    Beautiful video and beautiful poem thank you!

  • Pidgeon94:

    @SpokenVerse That is his reading of the final lines; you may disagree, but it doesn’t mean that he is wrong…

  • Manuela8329:


  • kinxectic:

    @SpokenVerse I did try, but it couldn’t compare. Oh well…

  • SpokenVerse:

    @kinxectic This was one of the first readings I posted. Now I have a better mike, I start with an uncompressed file and I don’t use special effects – except in unusual circumstances. Now I use YouTube’s HD format You might like my later reading better.

  • kinxectic:

    I enjoyed this reading tremendously – the echo that followed your deep bass voice literally sent chills down my spine. Especially when you read ” Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear’d”. The “earred” sound was reverberating. Also, the voice added a little credibility and potency to Keat’s ironic truth, as would a child would feel listening to the words of a particularly aged and sagely man.

  • kinxectic:

    @BLACKIESBOY That is where Rationality and Logic comes in, and what traditional Romanticists seek to avoid. Many Romantic poems are often sensual, even visceral,written from observation and with intuition. I scarcely think that any poet, with a sense of appropriate decency, to claim that their view of the world is universal, but rather, what should be. This is called, as Harold Bloom wrote, “Romantic Irony” – the disparity between what is deserved and should be, and its obvious absence”.

  • SpokenVerse:

    @BLACKIESBOY I can only read it my way. You can read it your way if you want to. Let me know when you’ve posted it.



    Anyway… I much liked it. Though, you should have read it with curiosity, placing stresses and projecting your voice accordingly, in particular as you start it out. That first verse is probably my favorite: I just thought it so beautiful he was asking an urn (figuratively) those questions.

    It almost sounds like something you would ask a historian (or generic wise man)… Or maybe a pretty woman who contains all of this… knowledge. And I have to get it out of her… o3o



    Strange… I knew a lot of beautiful things devoid of any meaning and a lot of ugly things full of it.

    It’s probably why I don’t like Romanticists too much: they spread all of this stuff about beauty and how it’s worthy of artistry… But isn’t the point of artistry to go BEYOND what is superficial?

  • SpokenVerse:

    @ITILII No, they are just a beautful lie that he would like to be true. He was afraid his girlfriend had been unfaithful, that she had, “A touch of the Cressida about her”.

    In real life, Beauty is often False and Truth is usually Ugly.


    The final words of this are the real meaning of life

  • TheRestlesswind:

    @SpokenVerse I saw that first…but I love reading words of beauty. I must subscribe to your channel now… : ) …and finish what I started 3 hrs ago…before getting so delightfully distracted : )

  • SpokenVerse:

    @TheRestlesswind I recorded it again. The link is in the video responses above.

  • TheRestlesswind:

    A wonderful recital…I think and read too fast, so thanks for this post x

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