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Poetry Week

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Brittany Donnell

on 10 March 2015

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Transcript of Poetry Week

Plan for today...
'I Love You'
by Sara Teasedale
'Bright Star'
by John Keates
3. How these poems position us to view the concept of love - these portrayals are realistic in the contemporary era
In the northern hemisphere - Spring

A "Secret" worth keeping
When April bends above me
And finds me fast asleep,
Dust need not keep the
A live heart died to keep.

O sparrow, little sparrow,
When I am fast asleep,
Then tell my love the

That I have died to keep.
What "Secret"?
Refers to love of the subject of the poem

But why the negative undertone? (death)
'Bright Star'
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,

Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
'I Love You'
Even in death, love is eternal
Welcome To Poetry Week
Sara Teasdale
bends above me
And finds me fast asleep,
Dust need not keep the secret
A live heart died to keep.
New Life
Juxtaposes with idea of death
Who died?
Unclear - poet or subject?

New life
alludes to loneliness

Prepared to accept death to keep her secret
"Tell my love the secret"
Still loves the subject
Secret from the subject?
What is the subject to her?
a) Loves subject from a distance - never confessed love
c) Love was reciprocated, though kept from society - inter-racial or same-gender relationship?
b) Expressed her feelings on to be rejected - continues to love him privately
The feeling of isolation...
- the idea of being left alone in her love

- when comparing his love to the star, and longing for closeness
John Keates
"...In Lone Splendour hung aloft the night!..."
Lover is the star
Star is beautiful
is isolated from humanity
"...Watching, with eternal lids apart..."
Distance between the star and the rest of the world
Forced to watch and never participate
Love should be shared in closeness

(Not lust or notability)
"Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath"
1. Humanness of his love
2. Her closeness
3. Her attainability
John Keates
I value the presence and warmth of my lover over a distant, though sentinel being.
Love is about closeness and compatibility, not physical beauty
And that...
Contemporary Representation
Best-Selling novel and movie
John Green
Two teenage cancer patients fall in love
Story ends in a tragic yet foreseeable death
Relevance to Australia:

Remained at the top of Australian Box Office Charts for two weeks

Movie adaptation resonated with fans...

Even in the direst of circumstances, love is still a desirable emotion of which will last long after death.
After reading the first stanza...
One of the lovers died

A live heart died to keep.
This knowledge makes the symbolism of first two lines clearer
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