Tuesday, January 5, 2010

'here lies one whoose name was writ in water'

B r i g h t S t a r

to me this film was perfect in every way.
I have been wanting to see it for a few months, eager in anticipation to see how Jane Campion will portray the short life of my favourite romantic poet, Keats. I have loved keats' poetry for a long time, being first introduced to his ballad 'la belle dame sans merci', which I fell in love with. The poem is full of natural imagery, and is written with a dream-like essence that just escalates every time I read it. I was also anticipating this film because of who Campion cast as Keats, never has a better match happened! Ben Wishaw, who, as my friends would know, I have been smitten with for quite some time plays Keates. His gentle and soft-spoken disposition made him so good in the role!I recommend seeing this film, if nothing else, for the film's honesty. The film is truly a testament to the era of romanticism and to Keats' poetry. The cinematography is so stunning, every scene is filled with overbearing romantic imagrey and each scene in itself is inspired. I got the sense that the movie was supposed to be a compilation of short, musical, beautiful scenes, which formed an overview of the life of Keats, alluding to his poetry, with one gaining a similar impression of his life when reading his complete works. I am about half way through his complete works, and I thought I'd post a snippet of my favourite of his poems that I have come across as of yet, along with pictures of the captivating movie, seriously, go see it.
Song Of Four Faeries:::
This poem raises interesting issues regarding the creative and destructive forces in nature, and concerns a discussion of the four fairies who are emblematic of their own individual element: Salamander, the faery of fire, Zephyr, faery of air, Breama, faery of water and Dusketha, the faery of earth. Their discussion regards where they will go if, and when they must depart from their natural elements, with fire and earth siding against water and air. It also alludes to my favorite Shakespearean comedy, A midsummer nights dream ---
happy, happy glowing fire!
Fragrant air! delicious life!
Let me to my grooms retire!
I to gree-weed rivers bright!
happy, happy glowing fire!
Dazzling bowers of soft desire
Ever let my nourished wing,
like a bat's, still wandering,
Nimbly fan your firery spaces,
Spirit sole in deadly places.
Let me breathe upon their skies,
And anger their live tapestries,
Free from cold, and every care,
Of chilly rain, and shivering air
Spirit of fire, away! away!
Or your very roundelay
Will sear my plumage newly buddled
From its quilled sheath, and studded
with the self-same dews that fell
On the may-grown asphodel.
Spirit of fire away, away!
Spirit of fire, away! away!
Zephyr, blue-eyed, faery, turn,
And see my cool segde-buried urn
where it rests its mossy brim
'Mid water-mint and cresses dim;
and the flowers, in sweet troubles,
life their eyes above the bubbles,
like our Queen when she would please,
To sleep, and Oberon will tease,
Love me, Blue eyed faery true,
soothly I am sick for you.
Gentle Braema! by the first
Violet young nature nursed,
I will bathe myself with thee,
So you sometime follow me
To my home, far, far, in west
Beyond the nimble-wheeled quest
Of the golden-presenced sun;
Come with me o'er the tops of trees
To my fragrant palaces
Where they ever floating are
Beneath the cherish of a star.
(There is more to the poem, but I couldn't find the poem on the internet, so I had to type all of this in, and theres a lot more I am not bothered to type--sorry....I do like this part of the poem best)I know this post had nothing to do with fashion, but this movie really inspires me! I promise more fashion-related posts soon.

- - a u r e v o i r


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Angélique Chaumont said...

has this film already come out?! i've been wanting to see it for so long

Alean P said...

I really loved doing Keats' work in lit last year because of his use of irony, such as finding life in death and beauty in the ugly. His poetry truely does evoke some beautiful imagery, even if at times its not meant to be.

Dave said...

The four faeries represent the daemonic element in Keats, and Romantic, poetry. They are four elements of mediated nature, perfect but yet so lifeless at the same time. The recurring themes throughout Keats' poetry is this struggle between the real and natural, which is frustrating and imperfect but ultimately satisfying, and the cultural, perefect and timeless but lifeless and empty...