Who are you? Introduce yourself

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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Saturn » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:16 pm

You're already there? Hope you're enjoying your vacation Malia :D
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby BrokenLyre » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:48 am

Yes, welcome toots! Always glad to hear how people come around to Keats. And I find it especially wonderful that people from England like him - as they should. When I was visiting England, I found no one who knew much about him.

And Malia, I can't help but think of you on this trip to England. Friday is the day that I visit Hampstead (vicariously through you of course).
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:45 pm

I have been hooked since I was a schoolgirl when I heard my headmistress reading 'To Autumn' in morning assembly at the beginning of one autumn term.


Hello and welcome! What a great school you must have gone to! :D


It was Keats who sparked in me a lifelong love of literature by showing what magic could be woven from words and the imagination. It was a 'Chapman's Homer' moment, if you like.



I know what you mean- when I read his poems I can see hear taste feel what he describes- and of course what Jane Campion said about him is true- he opens a portal to the heart.


I think he was a very remarkable human being and one of the few great creative artists I think I would have liked to have known in person.



He was extraordinary and beautiful! Couldn't you just listen to him talk all night? :D

As a Londoner, I'm hoping to compile a little picture gallery of places in London associated with Keats. I will post a link to the results here when it is done.

Anne


Oh that would be great- thanks so much I look forward to that! I'm up north.
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby eurydike » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:33 am

Hello everybody,

I am another one whose interest in Keats got ignited by Bright Star. Yes, you read right, ignited. Granted, it is a shame that a 30-years-old did not fall in love with Keats, his brilliance and his work before. All the more when this person is actually a great deal into poetry and literature and has a certain fondness for the Classical ages of Greece and Rome and for Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. But how do they say, better late than never? When I saw the Bright Star-trailer at the cinema last week, I was left breathless and knew, just knew, that I would love Keats' work and decided to read his poems and letters and to gather more information about him - hence my registration on this board.

There's not that much about me to say. I live in Berne, Switzerland, work as a Secretary for Lawyers specialised in the field of Intellectual Property and might carry my studies of the English language forward in the course of next year.

As already mentioned, I like poetry and literature a lot and have felt a certain connection to the Classical ages of Greece and Rome and for Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries ever since I can remember. Furthermore, I love music (I used to play the drum, guitar and keyboard when I was a teenager, but didn't continue for lack of time and interest), I go to see concerts a lot (mostly rock music), I regularly go to the cinema, but also love to have a cosy time at home with friends, cooking, eating, drinking, talking.

Nice to meet you all, I'm looking forward to finding out more about Keats on this board and to discussing him, his life and his work with you.

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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:45 pm

Welcome! It is lovely to have a new person here! I wish you a happy Yuletide!
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Malia » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:24 pm

Welcome to our forum! So great to see Bright Star bringing out the Keatsian in more people like yourself :)
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby BrokenLyre » Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:54 pm

Welcome eurydike. I am so glad to see Keats introduced by Bright Star. Glad to see your interest. I'm sure with your background you will have some interesting associations with the poetry of Keats.
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Saturn » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:53 am

Indeed, welcome Euridyke, I hope you like the forum and look forward to your contributions.
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Malia » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:45 pm

Hi and welcome St. James! I am also moved by both Ode to a Nightingale and To Autumn. To Autumn was the first poem I read that actually resulted in a visceral response--I felt myself holding my breath at the end, as if breathing would brush the words right off the page. I could almost feel the swallows gathering together and then rushing away into an autumn sky in one great swoop. Such a perfectly crafted poem!
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:06 pm

Welcome! Nice to have another person here from Britain and a northerner too.. :D
I'm still not sure of my ultimate favourite - there are a few contenders- all the Odes, The Fall of Hyperion, Bright Star..
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:03 pm

[banned member] wrote:Hello Raphael. I'm afraid I'm still posting in the wrong forums - I think. I am indeed a northerner - originally from Manchester though I seem to have come to rest in Blackpool. I certainly agree with you concerning the Odes, and "Bright star.." is an absolutely lovely piece. In the New Year I'm going to reread "Endymion". That supposed bowery bliss of Book III had me dashing off for my cheap copy of Bulfinch's "The Golden Age of Myth and Legend": all I can say is that picture of Circe is almost calculated to make you understand Glaucus' plight. All the best for now.

Adieu! [banned member]


Manchester eh? I've been there a few times - bigger city than Liverpool. Have you been to Keats House? I like Blackpool- had some sunny holidays there in the 70s! Endymion is a masterpiece- and the first page is sublime.How anyone so young could come up with that..phew! I'll have to look out for the book you mention.

I was very excited earlier- my copy of So Bright and Delicate ( letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne) arrived from Amazon today! I sped read the introduction by Jane Campion and I was almost in tears- it is so moving!Can't wait to read the book tonight in a leisurely fashion.

I forgot to mention also- Sleep and poetry and I stood Tip Toe upon a little hill.

p.s I note you also like John Ruskin and Walter Pater. :D
Do you like Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde too?
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Malia » Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:05 pm

[banned member] wrote:Many thanks for the warm and understanding welcome Malia.


The pleasure is all mine [banned member]. Hope to see you around the forum often :)

You Wrote:
"But what you wrote about holding your breath puts me in mind of Bloom's words, particularly apt regarding that final stanza as autumn passes into winter (so day into night). This natural 'death' is a peaceful transition: "winter descends here as a man might hope to die, with a natural sweetness". Surely even your breathing would have destroyed the 'natural sweetness', if that is what it was for you, of poetic responsiveness to this beautiful work, Malia ? Once again, thanks for the welcome, and what a delight to find some fellow Keats enthusiasts."

What a powerful statement--yes, that is true! One of the things I most love about Keats's poetical philosophy is the idea that light and shade are intricately bound and one cannot be had without the other--that is, the fullness of life cannot be reached without the fullness of death, however bitter it may sound. It is natural to our experience as humans on this planet called Earth that life and death are linked and, although one might not believe it at first, they are linked in a Beautiful way.
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:12 pm

What a powerful statement--yes, that is true! One of the things I most love about Keats's poetical philosophy is the idea that light and shade are intricately bound and one cannot be had without the other--that is, the fullness of life cannot be reached without the fullness of death, however bitter it may sound. It is natural to our experience as humans on this planet called Earth that life and death are linked and, although one might not believe it at first, they are linked in a Beautiful way.


That's the thing about "physical" existence- it is born lives and "dies"- then goes on somewhere else...it's all about cycles.
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:20 pm

Hello again Raphael. I forgot to mention that up at Lancaster University they have the Ruskin Library - it's for anyone researching that sort of thing and they've usually got some exhibitions on. (They're a bit stuffy there and require you to book 24 hours in advance if you want to use the archives.)


Hello again Ste! (is it Ste?)
It sounds interesting despite the stuffiness!


I really wish I could agree with you regarding existence's going somewhere else. Did you mean some kind of personal consciousness?


Well.....depends upon if one is considering the state of being "alive" or "dead"- I was talking about the "afterlife" in this case, meaning that one's eternal spirit/soul lives on when the "physical body" expires- in a way yes a personal consciousness. Though, I think the "identity" changes in each incarnation.Have you seen the thread I started on Junkets and his spirituality?
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Re: Who are you? Introduce yourself

Postby Raphael » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:36 pm

[banned member] wrote:Forgive the paean. As an embittered Catholic (nothing to do with St James, I hasten to add) I've come to the I suppose standard atheist's conclusion that all gods are the same. This, I think, is one reason why I'm reading Junkets (it sounds terribly irreverent but you're to blame) again. I know religion and spirituality need not be shackled, but in my state of lack that is always how it seems to read. I'm going to read your thread tomorrow and get thinking about this one. I hope you have a quieter night.

Best wishes, Peter


Hi Peter! I find that religion and spirituality are sometimes seen as the same, when they are not. I myself lean towards polytheism, and it's a different take on what god means- it's god with a small G for starters! If you know anything about American Indian beliefs and Nature traditions then that is along the lines of it. :D
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