What Is The Theme Of The Bright Star And Bright Star

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Recently in World Literature II, we have been discussing the Romantic period and reading romantic poetry. The Romantic period lasted from 1780 to 1850. This period emphasized the common man, nature, and subjective, private experiences. Most of the poems that have been read in class emphasized emotion, feelings, and longing for the ideal. John Keats “Bright Star” and Gerard de Nerval “A Lane in the Luxembourg” are both romantic poems that emphasizes these themes. Although these two pieces are based on the same themes, both writers address them in a different approach.
First of all, the type of love that is expressed in “Bright Star” differs from the type of love that is illustrated in “A Lane in Luxembourg.” The romantic period is the quest after the ideal. This quest either ends in a failure to achieve the ideal at all or the achievement of the ideal but only for a moment. In “Bright Star,” the narrator is actually is experiencing his ideal love, while the narrator of “A Lane in Luxembourg” never attain his ideal. The narrator of “A Lane in Luxembourg is only observing
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Both ideal views involve the concept of youth. In “Bright Star,” the narrator’s ideal love is a woman who is young, innocent, and beautiful. He refers to this concept in the quote, “…pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast.” The word “fair” refers to the lady’s beauty, innocence, and youth. The word “ripening” also refers to the lady’s youth. This term indicates that her breast are still developing, and more is yet to come. In “A Lane in the Luxembourg,” the girl that the narrator is watching is young. He directly calls her a “young girl” in the poem, and the reason he never approaches the girl is because she is young. The narrator is an older guy and feels like his youth is gone. He thinks the girl will be disturbed if he pursue her. He is dealing with a negative experience with
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