Share the Love: Bright Star

Wednesday, October 14

Over the weekend I read a post from Charlotte Featherstone's/Sophie Renwick's blog about a new movie called Bright Star. It's a tear jerker romance  about the real life love affair between the poet Keats and his love Fanny Brawne.  

This is so the type of movie that I love love love, so I  immediately started typing to find out where it was playing in my area.  I was saddened that it was not playing where I live, but I was still obsessed with learning more about the movie and the lives of Keats and Fanny.  Though I probably won't be able to see it in the theater this will be a must DVD rental for me.

I adored Sofie's post about Bright Star, and in particular I was drawn to the reference of a love letter that Keats wrote to Fanny that she quoted in her book, Addicted. After reading the quote I wanted to read the entire letter, which led me to more internet searches (yes I am like a dog with a bone).

Here's the quote that made me sigh:

"I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion-- I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more-- I could be martyred for my religion-- love is my religion. I could die for that. I could die for you."

Isn't that just so romantic...definitely sigh worthy, and at the same time so very sad since he died at such a young age.  In case you are interested, here is the letter in it's entirety and an introduction taken from English

Introduction:  Keats's letters to Fanny Brawne are among the most famous love letters ever written.  As next door neighbors, they exchanged numerous short notes, and occasionally more passionate ones.  None of Fanny's letters to Keats survive.  From his, however, it seems he was often unsettled by her behavior and uncertain of her affection.  His illness brought them closer; when he left for Rome, they were engaged and deeply in love.

 Oct. 13, 1819
 25 College Street

    My dearest Girl,

    This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair.  I cannot proceed with any degree of content.  I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time.  Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else - The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you again[s]t the unpromising morning of my Life - My love has made me selfish.  I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again - my Life seems to stop there - I see no further.  You have absorb'd me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving - I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you.  I should be afraid to separate myself far from you.  My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change?  My love, will it?  I have no limit now to my love - You note came in just here - I cannot be happier away from you - 'T is richer than an Argosy of Pearles.  Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion - I have shudder'd at it - I shudder no more - I could be martyr'd for my Religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that - I could die for you.  My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet - You have ravish'd me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often "to reason against the reasons of my Love."  I can do that no more - the pain would be too great - My Love is selfish - I cannot breathe without you.

    Yours for ever
    John Keats

Sigh, that's what I call a love letter.  And you know, I wouldn't even mind if someone copied even parts of the letter, and said..."This is the way I feel about you".  I mean we don't mind Hallmark cards with pre-written sentiments....and this love letter....puts Hallmark to shame (and I like Hallmark) so no I wouldn't mind.  Because for me, once he/she went to the trouble of finding the letter that represented how they counts as a romantic gesture even if the words aren't original.  What do you think, does it count for you?

Reminds me of two books that I have had on my wish list from PBS The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time by David Lowenherz, and Love Letters of Great Men.  I wonder if any of Keat's other letters are in either of these books?  For now, I'm off to wallow in these lovely sentiments....

Hope you have a great Wednesday  & Share the Love

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Angela H.,  October 14, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

I wish I could share the absolute relief I feel everyday that I get an email from my husband when he is deployed saying he is okay. If he knows something has happened close by he will send me a brief message with just "I'm okay. I love you." Honestly he can do much better, but at the time it makes me able to take a breath. Awww but his love letters, they make me sigh..*smile* Have a great day!

Booklover1335 October 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM  

I would cherish those emails to Angela! Just to know that he is ok, and that he knows you worry about him, so he emails so you won't worry as much..that's a great love gesture, but I'm glad he also sends you love letters. I don't think you can ever get enough of those!

alba October 14, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

I turned 50 in September I knew I would get card from friend's husband mom sister I was surprised too see 2 birthday card from my darling niece she could not decide which one to send so she sent both along with a dozen white roses she is such a loving young woman whom I love dearly.

Patricia Barraclough,  October 16, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

If someone took the time to find such a beautiful passage and send it along, it would definitely count.
What a shame letter writing has almost become a lost art. With all the emailing and texting, no to mention the phone, we get our message across with quick, shortened soundbites. Somehow, U R GR8 doesn't come close to expressing the emotion shown in one of Keats' letters.

Booklover1335 October 16, 2009 at 7:35 AM  

I couldn't agree more Patricia....sadly I don't think it's going to change :(

Angela H.,  October 18, 2009 at 10:26 PM  

Patricia and Booklover, I understand what you are saying but I am that wife waiting ror word 6 months out of every year minimum, this time I am looking at a 12 month deployment. The wait is the worst, when he first joined 19 years ago the wait was awful, Desert Storm was in full force and he was in the middle of it. Sometimes it would take me 2 weeks sometimes longer to get a letter. Can you imagine waiting to hear from the other half of your soul for 2 weeks or longer or waiting on a 5 min morale call that sometimes doesn't come. I talk to my husband daily via email now. When they bombed the towers in Saudi, I sat by a phone for 2 days waiting to hear if he was ok. I am so thankful for the technology that is availiable. Just wanted to throw my 2cents in.

Booklover1335 October 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

Technology definitely has it's blessings and it's curses. In your case I couldn't agree more. Being able to converse with your loved one every day via email is a definite blessing and if I were you I would treasure those as well. I don't think I could endure not knowing how someone I loved was when they are so far away in addition to a war zone. Not only is your husband a hero, but I think you are too for living with that unknown on a daily basis

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