Saturday, May 16, 2009

John Keats 'Ode to Autumn'

John Keats ,English poet (1795-1821)
Painted in Rome by Joseph Severn
On the France2 News broadcast this morning came a report from the Cannes Film Festival and an interview with New Zealand/Australian film director Jane Campion on her new film Bright Star about the last three years of the life of poet John Keats. Bright Star features English actor Ben Whishaw as Keats and Australian Abbie Cornish as his muse Fanny.
When I think of Keats, I always remember his words about this time of year from his poem Ode to Autumn :( 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom friend of the maturing sun') Keats wrote about autumn in 1819 "How beautiful the season is now. How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Aye better than the chilly green of spring. Somehow a stubble-field looks warm ,in the same way some pictures look warm'.
Keats was finely gifted in raising the mind to the pitch of expectation
I like this stanza from Ode to a Nightingale
'I cannot see what flowers are at my feet
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs
But in embalmed darkness,guess each sweet
Wherewith the seasonable month endows
The grass, the thicket,and the fruit-tree wild'

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