13 October 2010

love letter from John Keats

Luke & I watched Bright Star last night, and as usual I cried my heart out....many sigh-and-swoonworthy moments and amazing to think that it was real, such a sad romance. It made my heart hurt.
Also made me remember the most excellent day spent last year with Mel in Hampstead at his house, gawking at the costumes used in the film and imagining Fanny & John sleeping on either side of a wretched wall. 
Here's one of his letters....




To Fanny Brawne: 

I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again - my life seems to stop there - I see no further. You have absorb'd me. 

I have a sensation at the present moment as though I were dissolving ....I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shudder'd at it - I shudder no more - I could be
martyr'd for my religion - love is my religion - I could die for that - I could die for you. My creed is love and you are its only tenet - you have ravish'd me away by a power I cannot resist.

- John Keats 






P.S.
I also adore this line from another of his smitten letters written in 1820 to Fanny;
"The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest"


sigh.

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