“of earnest grasping”

In the September 2009 issue of Elle, there is an article talking up Bright Star, a new movie about John Keats and his relationship with Fanny Brawne. There is also a two-page spread on pages 336-37 (unsure if it’s a feature or an ad) titled “Bright Star: The poetry of fashion” that strives mightily to assert how “the film’s fashion mirror[s] trends seen on the fall runways” (those being “bold color,” “bigger is better,” “romantic ruffles,” “thigh highs,” and “featured locks”), pairing stills of Abbie Cornish and her costumes with sketchbook and Victoria-magazine-esque background clutter (e.g., artistically arranged gloves, pearls, roses, key-on-a-string, etc.). The jaded part of me finds this hilariously insipid. The little-girl part of me unabashedly adores fashion sketches (though I found everything depicted in the spread unappealing. Back to the Ralph Lauren ads for me). The former bookseller is musing over how many tie-in editions of Keats’ poetry there’ll be (I have at least one acquaintance who’s a sure bet to buy anything with Ben Whishaw’s face on it…), and reminiscing about how there was a surge in Auden sales after Four Weddings and a Funeral. And the calligrapher is rereading “This Living Hand” and contemplating anew how to letter it.