Bright Star

The problem is that conceiving of the relationship between Keats and Fanny in this way emphasizes the film’s 21st-century perspective. Everything in it naturally centers itself around the moment where Fanny is made to say, “You know I would do anything…” and Keats replies: “I have a conscience.” Their chastity is the thing we focus on because it is the thing about their lives and relationship that seems most strange and therefore remarkable to us. More remarkable, even, than the fact that the young man involved was, at least in terms of his potential, one of the half-dozen greatest English poets and was dying, not yet having reached the age of 25, of tuberculosis.

via The American Spectator : Bright Star.


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