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Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:32 am
by Montmorenci
I am so thrilled to have found this site and these boards! I have been swept away by John Keats and now this movie Bright Star.
John Keats, his story, this movie has opened up my eyes and my heart to this whole other world, one in which I have only dabbled in the past. Since putting in the time to really read and research I feel like I am opening up a treasure box! I would love to just sit in a room with like-minded people going over his works and letters and getting different people's perspectives, this forum will do just the same though. I am sure I will spend hours reading through past conversations that you all have had in the past several months and years. Thank you for putting the time into this site, I wish I had found it long ago! :)

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:38 am
by Raphael
Hello! I recommend that you read his letters to his friends- they are so interesting and you will get to know more about him that way. :D

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:33 pm
by Maureen
Hi melj. I'm relatively new to this site as well, though I've loved Keats for years. I got into him through his poetry first, but it really doesn't matter where you start - the interest and fascination takes you from one thing to another. In a way I envy you as you are just starting the adventure of getting to know Keats - I remember the excitement of coming across magnificent lines of poetry or phrases in his letters for the first time. You are in good company here - I'm really enjoying the time I spend on the boards and it is like a cyber version of like-minded friends getting together over tea and cakes to talk about their shared interest. Sit down, pour yourself a virtual cuppa and help yourself to a cyber cream slice. :)

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:17 pm
by Montmorenci
Thank you both! This is an exciting journey indeed. I have read all of his letters to Fanny and a few to his friends and his siblings, but I intend to keep reading until I have read them all. My heart is still so saddened at how quickly his candle went out. I look forward to the day when I can go visit the Keats house/museum and then head back to Rome. I was unaware of Keats during my first trip to Rome.

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:32 pm
by Saturn
Welcome to the forum melj, I hope you enjoy learning more about Keats and poetry, you truly are going to discover a whole new world of thought and feeling.

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:28 pm
by Malia
Hi Melj and welcome! :) I've been studying Keats for 20 years (since I discovered a book of his letters and poems in my mom's bookshelf when I was 15) and I never tire of him! Keats's story and his poetry are truly magical.

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:42 pm
by Raphael
Malia wrote:I never tire of him! Keats's story and his poetry are truly magical.


Aye to that! His poetry and letters are ever new! And yes, he is truly magical as you say!
Melj you might like the novel Passion by Jude Morgan- it brings him and Fanny to life in a very evocative way.

Re: New to Poetry and John Keats

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:47 am
by Montmorenci
Thank you, Malia and Raphael! I will definitely look into the book, Passion. Thanks for the recommendation!

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:05 pm
by Raphael
There is a thread for Passion so perhaps when you've read it you could post your view of it. :D

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:30 pm
by Montmorenci
Great! I'll refrain from going over there until I have indeed read it. Thanks! :D

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:29 pm
by Raphael
Of course, a novel is speculative, but the author has tried to paint a picture based on the events. of course their first meetings we don't know much about and this is where novels come in handy- they paint in a picture. I found he had done a good job of their first few conversations- Fanny tries to get John to play the game but he won't ! :lol:

And his character and personal appearance are so beautifully described and feel authentic.

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:08 pm
by harvest
another book to buy lol ~

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:12 pm
by Raphael
harvest wrote:another book to buy lol ~


Oh yes- there are many! I also quite liked Bright Star (1968) by Joan Rees.

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:39 am
by Keats9264
Hi, I'm happy to find this site too. I have loved Keats since I was 18, though Shakespeare preceded him by about 4 years! I memorized When I Have Fears first, though I think Ode to a Nightingale may be my favorite now. I can't even remember how I found him now. It wasn't thru school, I know that. When I was in college, I was lucky enuf to visit his house while studying theater in England. One evening I took the tube to the end of the line and walked all over Hampstead trying to find it! (Huffing and puffing up and down those hills!) I was the only there, had no camera, only a tape recorder. The person minding the house, an old man, was very scarce and I think I only saw him twice! So I walked all over by myself for a long time then sat on the bench in the front yard. If you believe in ghosts, I'm sorry to tell you that I accidentally left my tape recorder on in the main dining/living area for an hour - and there wasn't a noise on it! LOL

Re: Thrilled to find this site.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:42 am
by Keats9264
As a caveat, I had the same fortune at Trinity Church in Stratford. I was too late and they were closing. So I offered the elderly gent locking up a Pound to let me in (I was young and foolish - I figured those things worked on TV), saying I would probably never make it to England again. Which I probably won't. He took pity on me and let me in through the kitchen! So there I was all alone in this church, finding my way through to Shakespeare's grave, and standing silently in tribute! Had a time finding my way out I'll tell you!