Treasure Island

David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

A Bright Star


Nearly two hundred years have gone by
When a man left these shores to die
In foreign lands he did go, but on his way
He landed in Lulworth Cove for a day.

What would I have said to him on that beach?
For his gift to the world to me he could teach
In that sweet short stay, in that tiny bay,
He wrote a beautiful sonnet in just a day.

Only to depart in the mist of time gone by
Makes the sadness of his departure cry
But he did what he said he ought
And thought his poetry came to nought.

And entered eternity a Bright Star.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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In 1820 John Keats went to Rome to die. Before he finally left England he landed on the Dorset coast which is believed to be Lulworth Cove and wrote the sonnet Bright Star

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  • Soulful Heart (2/18/2014 11:13:00 AM)

    An ode to keats and his poetry.....u are fortunate to step on the same shore and tread the path shared by the great poet.... (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (11/24/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    Again - beautiful poem! Keats is one of my favorite poets...not just the poetry but even more the thoughts revealed in his various essays. In me, the concept of negative capability really resonated. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona (10/14/2013 3:50:00 AM)

    Beautiful write dear David Sir! Life is compared with many things and all of those remind that it is short! Great people leave their impression so strong before their short span!

    Wonderful tribute to Sir John Keats! (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (5/28/2013 7:35:00 PM)

    Life IS short but for Keats it was too short..he died but death could not diminish the glow of a Bright Star...it's a beautiful tribute to the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (5/14/2013 12:17:00 PM)

    I love studying the lives of poets (both old ones and newer ones) . I can tell you do too. I like this intimate view of Keats. Really love the ending. (Report) Reply

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