An EXCLUSIVE Look At ‘Bright Star’ To Start Your Day

I’ve got a special treat for y’all in lieu of this morning’s Daily TwitPic. It’s an exclusive look at Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” which hits theaters on September 18. The movie follows the 19th century poet John Keats (Ben Wishaw) as he meets and falls in love with the woman — next door neighbor Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) — who inspires him to write the love poem after which the movie is named. I haven’t had an opportunity to check out the movie yet, but Campion is a talented filmmaker and the trailers shows what looks to be a solid period love story.

After the jump, you’ll find the full text of the Keats poem for your reading enjoyment and a trio of stills from the upcoming movie. Enjoy!

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–
No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever–or else swoon to death.

First, a pic of Wishaw’s Keats in a field of flowers:

Next, Paul Schneider as Charles Brown:

Finally, Wishaw and Cornish share some quality time as Keats and Brawne: