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Famous After Death - Eternally young John Keats

John Keats

1795 - 1821 (aged 25)
Born London, Died Rome

From all accounts, John was a beautiful man. Not only because he died so young, or that he was so gifted, but it's the way he's been remembered by his friends and associates of the time. 

Ironically, some of those early biography's weren't written by any who knew him. And there was some dispute amongst those who did, as to his actual life. And thus, legend is created.

A short video from my visit to the apartment where he died, now a small museum in Rome in 2009.

He loved writing poetry, and was well recognised for it but the wider world did not know of him and he certainly was unable to enjoy his success. Would he have been as famous as he became without his early death? You could ask that question of them all. James Dean as one example. Talented. Recognised. But whose death plays a large part of the story. The mystique, if you will. And the tragedy.

Rare and expensive 1902 collection

Here's one of his better known works. One of his personal favourites too.

Ode on Melancholy

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist 
       Wolf's-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine; 
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss'd 
       By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine; 
               Make not your rosary of yew-berries, 
       Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be 
               Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl 
A partner in your sorrow's mysteries; 
       For shade to shade will come too drowsily, 
               And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul. 

But when the melancholy fit shall fall 
       Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud, 
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all, 
       And hides the green hill in an April shroud; 
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose, 
       Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave, 
               Or on the wealth of globed peonies; 
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows, 
       Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave, 
               And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes. 

She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die; 
       And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips 
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh, 
       Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips: 
Ay, in the very temple of Delight 
       Veil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine, 
               Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue 
       Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine; 
His soul shalt taste the sadness of her might, 
               And be among her cloudy trophies hung. 

He died next to the Spanish Steps in a tiny room, which still exists. 
It is now a part of the small, but wonderful Keats Museum. They've even kept the bed, as well as his death mask. It's all quite creepy.
His gravestone, however, is worthy of the poet himself.

More Famous After Death

Including Van Gogh, Ed Wood, Ernest Dowson, Anne Frank and more....

Coming in 2019

 Dissecting Political Correctness way ahead of its time...

First short film for 14 years

Who is this person? Where have they come from ...
and where will they go? Is it a book/film/? ?

First time online!

Top 10 films of 2018

I've chosen films based on the success of their intent, no matter the genre, originality and entertainment value. Most still have flaws, (such as the quietest baby on earth in A Quiet Place), but overall delivered the goods.

NB: I missed Bohemian Rhapsody which I suspect it may make the Top 10 but alas, I cannot include it.

Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place (2018)

Julia Ormond, Rachael Taylor, and Angourie Rice in Ladies in Black (2018)

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation (2018)

Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (2018)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018)

Johnny Flynn and Jessie Buckley in Beast (2017)

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

Jim Cummings in Thunder Road (2018)

Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie in Leave No Trace (2018)

Jakob Cedergren in Den skyldige (2018)

This documentary really moved me: 

Kingdom of Us (2017)

There were a lot of other films I enjoyed this year but were officially released in 2017 such as;

Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, and Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

What were your 2018 picks?

Best of 2018 in Music

2018 Highlights - Three Little Words - The Video and more

Three Little Words

The below video was filmed without an audience (which does make a significant impact).
It was really great live with many laughs and some gasps.

Hope you enjoy it regardless.

Performed by Tom Harwood.
Adapted from the short story in Pseudo Stars
It got us through to the Crew Cut Finals where Tom won Best Actor.

And I got this....

There was also this... I made this...

I also uploaded a couple of old short films which have never been publicly available.

Reality Unfastened and Born in a Storm.

And this made its way online... not made in 2018 but very happy with it regardless.

It's been a big year, especially the first half, yet still a big struggle, as documented here.
That's life hey!

How was your year? Anything you care to share?