Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art— Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors— No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever—or else swoon in death. 1819

  1. virginpoet29Aug 01, 2011

    one of my all time fave poems

  2. CAROCHAPTAug 01, 2011

    Who’s reading the poem?

  3. CottonCandy635Aug 01, 2011

    love this poem

  4. joye25Aug 01, 2011

    Beautiful video and beautiful poem thank you!

  5. Pidgeon94Aug 01, 2011

    @SpokenVerse That is his reading of the final lines; you may disagree, but it doesn’t mean that he is wrong…

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  7. kinxecticAug 01, 2011

    @SpokenVerse I did try, but it couldn’t compare. Oh well…

  8. SpokenVerseAug 01, 2011

    @kinxectic This was one of the first readings I posted. Now I have a better mike, I start with an uncompressed file and I don’t use special effects – except in unusual circumstances. Now I use YouTube’s HD format You might like my later reading better.

  9. kinxecticAug 01, 2011

    I enjoyed this reading tremendously – the echo that followed your deep bass voice literally sent chills down my spine. Especially when you read ” Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear’d”. The “earred” sound was reverberating. Also, the voice added a little credibility and potency to Keat’s ironic truth, as would a child would feel listening to the words of a particularly aged and sagely man.

  10. kinxecticAug 01, 2011

    @BLACKIESBOY That is where Rationality and Logic comes in, and what traditional Romanticists seek to avoid. Many Romantic poems are often sensual, even visceral,written from observation and with intuition. I scarcely think that any poet, with a sense of appropriate decency, to claim that their view of the world is universal, but rather, what should be. This is called, as Harold Bloom wrote, “Romantic Irony” – the disparity between what is deserved and should be, and its obvious absence”.

  11. SpokenVerseAug 01, 2011

    @BLACKIESBOY I can only read it my way. You can read it your way if you want to. Let me know when you’ve posted it.

  12. BLACKIESBOYAug 01, 2011


    Anyway… I much liked it. Though, you should have read it with curiosity, placing stresses and projecting your voice accordingly, in particular as you start it out. That first verse is probably my favorite: I just thought it so beautiful he was asking an urn (figuratively) those questions.

    It almost sounds like something you would ask a historian (or generic wise man)… Or maybe a pretty woman who contains all of this… knowledge. And I have to get it out of her… o3o

  13. BLACKIESBOYAug 01, 2011


    Strange… I knew a lot of beautiful things devoid of any meaning and a lot of ugly things full of it.

    It’s probably why I don’t like Romanticists too much: they spread all of this stuff about beauty and how it’s worthy of artistry… But isn’t the point of artistry to go BEYOND what is superficial?

  14. SpokenVerseAug 01, 2011

    @ITILII No, they are just a beautful lie that he would like to be true. He was afraid his girlfriend had been unfaithful, that she had, “A touch of the Cressida about her”.

    In real life, Beauty is often False and Truth is usually Ugly.

  15. ITILIIAug 01, 2011

    The final words of this are the real meaning of life

  16. TheRestlesswindAug 01, 2011

    @SpokenVerse I saw that first…but I love reading words of beauty. I must subscribe to your channel now… : ) …and finish what I started 3 hrs ago…before getting so delightfully distracted : )

  17. SpokenVerseAug 01, 2011

    @TheRestlesswind I recorded it again. The link is in the video responses above.

  18. TheRestlesswindAug 01, 2011

    A wonderful recital…I think and read too fast, so thanks for this post x

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