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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...

Form and Meter

FormKeats's poem is written in one of his favorite poetic forms – the sonnet. We at Shmoop are hoping that it will become one of your favorite poetic forms too, but first, we'd better give yo...

Speaker

We are not told the name of the speaker in Keats's poem. In fact, if it's cold hard facts you're looking for, the poem is bound to disappoint: it doesn't really tell us anything about who the speak...

Setting

The poem begins with a speaker addressing a star. This tells us that the setting is at night. Well, at least the "imagined" setting is – this is a "lyric" poem, so it's more about recounting...

Sound Check

Maybe the most amazing thing about this poem is the powerful sense its sounds and rhythms give us of time and the passing of time. The opening of the poem is slow: not only does "Bright Star" have...

What's Up With the Title?

Properly speaking, Keats's poem doesn't have a title, which is why we refer to it by its first line. (Sometimes you'll see people referring to it simply as "Bright Star," which is a shortened versi...

Calling Card

Keats uses the word "still" in this poem with two different meanings. Of the two meanings, the first one, from line 9, is the most unfamiliar to us – because it's old fashioned. In this old-f...

Tough-O-Meter

In terms of its themes of Love, Death, Eternity, and Transience, Keats's poem is very accessible. Like, we know that these themes are pretty heavy and all, but we're also pretty sure that just abou...

Brain Snacks

Sex Rating

How steamy you think this poem is depends on how much imagination you use in reading it. Here, the question basically boils down to how we're supposed to imagine the scene of the speaker lying with...
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