on 13 December 2009
A slim concise volume of Keats's letters and poems to Fanny Brawn, which I bought after seeing the film, wishing for some of the gaps to be filled in. Such a pity that none of Fanny's letters were preserved. His letters and poems are so intense, it is impossible to read more than one at a time. I had to put the book aside after each one. What a sad a beautiful man, i feel that if he hadn't died from consumption at such a young age, he would have been consumed by his own fire so ardently did it rage. One good thing it has led me to read more Keats, which oh shallow me, I probably would not have done so.
on 2 August 2011
John Keats is one of the best poets I have ever had the honor to read. Having died at the age of 25, John Keats may have lived a short life but his poetry and letters show he knew much more about love and life than most of us today. This book, in particular, serves as a companion to the 2009 movie "Bright Star", staring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw. As the movie focuses on the doomed romantic relationship between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, this book offers selected poetry and letters that John Keats wrote to Fanny. Unfortunately, none of Fanny Brawne's letters have survived.
Despite the fact that all the letters included in this book are all from John Keats, you still are given a glance into his heart. After reading this book I was in awe at how deep and personal his letters and poems were. A few tears were shed, both of sadness and happiness. Even though Fannny Brawne did finally marry six years after Keats death you can not believe anything but that these two were soul mates in the highest sense of the word.