Welcome to a page dedicated to poetry from the past 200 years and to poet John Keats. Snippets of information on poetic lives, quotes and art to reflect the role of verse in our fast paced 21st century world.
Suzie Grogan is a freelance writer and researcher who writes on literature, social history and health issues.
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Picturing John Keats - Image or Imagination On my blog over at No Wriggling Out of Writing. Looking at how different artistic portrayals of Keats - from the charcoal sketches by Joseph Severn as Keats lay dying in Rome to Ben Wishaw’s performance in the wonderful film ‘Bright Star’ in 2009 - affect our responses to him. When the images are so varied how do we visualise the real man?
Ben Wishaw, who played John Keats in Jane Campion’s 2009 film ‘Bright Star’, reads Ode to a Nightingale. This was played over the closing credits - a great reason to stay in your seat for a little longer than usual.
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—