Happy Birthday, Keats!

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Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Ennis » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:51 pm

31st. October. 1795:

"This is your birth-day . . . , and I rejoice
That thus it passes smoothly, quietly.
Many such eves of gently whispering noise
May we together pass, and calmly try
What are this world's true joys -- ere the great voice,
From its fair face, shall bid our spirits fly."

from "To My Brothers"
18th. November. 1816

Happy 215th Birthday, Keats!!
To all of us who love you and your poetry, your presence is still so very real and strong.
Thank you for giving us the gifts of your creative genius.
"But if you will fully love me, though there may be some fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and bedewed with Pleasures." JK to FB 08.07.1819
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby jesleeall » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:17 am

Yes, happy birthday!
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Raphael » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:12 pm

I thought of him all day yesterday...and poured out some berry juice (had no claret) for him and put two nectarines from the organic shop in front of his portrait.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

Peter Sanson, 1995.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Ennis » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:43 pm

Raphael wrote:I thought of him all day yesterday...and poured out some berry juice (had no claret) for him and put two nectarines from the organic shop in front of his portrait.


I had bought a bottle of claret (it's hard to find where I live, for some reason -- needless to say, I paid dearly for it!), but I didn't get around to drinking a toast (or two . . .) to Keats (yet) because Hallowe'en is such a big deal around here, and by the time I got home from taking Aidan trick-or-treating I was "dead" (pardon the pun) tired. I will tonight, however. It doesn't bother me too much -- being a day behind -- knowing how Keats didn't celebrate his birthday, anyway!!
"But if you will fully love me, though there may be some fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and bedewed with Pleasures." JK to FB 08.07.1819
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby BrokenLyre » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:11 am

I had my claret with a friend on Oct 31. And another round with my sons. I thought of you all with me and recited some Keats poems. Called my daughter at college - she's always been my "Keats Companion" and she often recites Keats while she walks between buildings in the winter.
Wonderful warm feeling all day actually.

To my friends here as well,
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Raphael » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:47 am

Glad you had a good toast to dear John Broken Lyre! Ennis, maybe he didn't like his birthday but I bet the Brawnes baked him a cake once lol
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Ennis » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:16 pm

Happy 211th birthday to Keats's beloved brother, Tom!!
Where ever your essence is Tom, thanks from all us Keatsians for your unwavering support for your big brother. He did so truly love you

18th. November.1799
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Raphael » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:05 am

That's very touching Ennis.
John....you did not live to see-
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Malia » Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:04 pm

Oh, I totally forgot about Tom's birthday. Yes, he was Keats's beloved brother. George Keats had said that Tom understood John better than any other person. They were exceptionally close.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Keats!

Postby Raphael » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:18 pm

Tom seems to have been a sweet young man. His portrait shows a good looking young man with a sensitive face.
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what it is we are in what we make of you.

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