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 History.net:
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
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 felt...it 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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