Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is introduced to poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) by the Dilke family. They occupy the other half of the double house where Charles Brown (Paul Schneider) lives, a friend, roommate and associate in writing of Keats.
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Though Fanny has an outgoing personality and Keats has more of a reserved nature, she starts to pursue him after she reads his book Endymion. Keats gets interested in her only after seeing her grief when his brother Tom dies. Keats begins to teach Fanny poetry and their mutual attraction grows. However, Keats can't offer her anything, because he has no income.
But after six months spent apart, due to living arrangements of the different families, Fanny and Keats realize how much they like each other's company, and fall deeply in love. The relationship comes to an end, however, when Brown decides to spend the summer at his rental and take Keats with him, so that he can earn some money. Though Fanny is distraught, she is consoled by Keats' letters.
When Keats falls ill the following winter, he spends several weeks recovering. His friends collect funds so that he can spend the next winter in Italy, where the climate is warmer. Brown is unable to accompany him because he got his maid pregnant. Keats is taken in to live with the Brawne family for the duration the summer. And after his book sells with some success, Fanny's mother gives Keats her blessing to marry Fanny when he returns from Italy. But in February, while still in Italy, Keats dies from tuberculosis.
The film ends with Fanny cutting her hair, wearing black clothes, and walking the paths that Keats walked so often in life, while reciting the sonnet he wrote for her, "Bright Star", as she mourns his death.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a romantic story that doesn't end well. It inspired me to read the Romantic Poets, of which Keats was one.
Best scene in story:
When he comes back to her, walking a long way in the rain.
Opinion about the main character:
He is a romantic soul and wrote marvellous poetry.