what my pen has glean'd

Watching Bright Star, a movie about a love affair involving John Keats; only half way through it and these are my thought so far:

1. Cool! I found out my friend Kirsti's sis and nephew are extras in it with ACTUAL on screen time!
2. Still not sure what I think about the movie yet, but the scenes are stunningly lovely. There are scenes where Fanny and John are walking through fields of flowers--scenes which speak as much poetry as Keats' words.
3. I love hearing Keats' poetry spoken in the movie.

Here is a link to a trailer.

And here is a link to a poem:

"When I have fears that I may cease to be"

When I have fears that I may cease to be

my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,

Before high piled books, in charact’ry

Hold like rich garners , the full-repen’d grain;

When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,

Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,

And think that I may never live to trace

Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;

And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!

That I shall never look upon thee more,

Never have relish in the faery power

Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore

Of the wide world I stand alone, and think

Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.

~ John Keats


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