Monday, September 28, 2009

A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy For Ever

As a confirmed romantic, and a fan and occasional author of poetry (and not just haiku), I strongly recommend that you get yourself to a movie theater soon to see Bright Star, about the romance between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. The film is a stunningly beautiful exercise in alchemy, demonstrating clearly how love becomes poetry and vice versa.

I have been thinking about the Romantics a lot lately. When I last mentioned books, I was reading The Age of Wonder, about the Romantic approach to science, and to belief. And with a new year beginning, I could do worse than to let Curiosity and Beauty be my guides.

Just ask Keats.

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