Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art
by John Keats
Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art Resources
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It's always good to hear several different readings of a poem.
This isn't "Bright Star," but it gives a window into Keats's incredible artistry. The person reading the poem is a poet himself, the American writer Stanley Plumly.
Once again, it isn't "Bright Star," but this great poem shows you Keats's range. This time, the poem is being read by the American scholar and critic Helen Vendler.
This portrait of Keats was made by his friend, Joseph Severn, in 1819.
This is a plaster cast of Keats's face made while he was alive.
This is a plaster cast of Keats's face made shortly after his death.
This is a copy of the poem that Keats wrote out himself.
In addition to being one of the greatest English poets, John Keats was also one of the greatest English letter writers. You can read a selection of his letters to friends and family here.
This book, first published in 1979, remains one of the classic biographies of Keats. We at Shmoop highly recommend it.
This book by the American literary critic Helen Vendler contains a chapter on the development of Keats as an artist. The chapter focuses on Keats's use of the sonnet form – the same form as "Bright Star."
This book explores in detail what are often considered Keats's greatest poems, the series of "Odes" he wrote towards the end of his brief life.
Movies and TV
This recent film focuses on the love story between John Keats and his fiancée, Fanny Brawne.