Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art Summary & Analysis by John Keats

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“Bright Star” is a sonnet by the British Romantic poet John Keats. Written in 1818 or 1819, the poem is a passionate declaration of undying, constant love. The speaker wants to be “stedfast”—constant and unchanging—like the “bright star” described in the poem’s first eight lines. But, unlike the “bright star,” the speaker does not want to be isolated or distant from human life: instead, the speaker wants to spend eternity locked in a passionate embrace with his or her lover. The speaker fantasizes about this unchanging love—but it's not clear whether it can actually be achieved in real life. As the speaker acknowledges in the poem's final line, his or her fantasy is fragile, threatened by the death and change that eventually overwhelm all human beings.

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