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Dear Hearts…

Here at the “Deepest Red” blog you will find links to my other blogs and only twitter space.  About me? Don’t have much to say (about me) except I love to read and usually travel with a book to keep me company. If you decide to travel beyond this page and read my other blogs and the pages within. I hope you find something interesting.

Glad you stopped by, please come back from time to time!  There is so much beauty in the world I hope your journey is a good one.  Before you go, I like Greek Mythology, read this beautiful Ode to Psyche by John Keats. Ben Whishaw played Keats in the “Bright Star” movie.

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:::This theme is my version of Eternal Springtime:::

Now a Book Recommendation:

Alexander the Great changed the face of the ancient world. During his life and after his death, his image in works of art exerted an unprecedented influence on marbles, bronzes, ivories, frescoes, mosaics, coins, medals, even painted pottery and reliefware. Alexander’s physiognomy became the most famous in history. But can we really know what meaning lies behind these images.

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Andrew Stewart demonstrates that these portraits wildly divergent in character, quality, type, provenance, date, and purpose actually transmit not so much a likeness of Alexander as a set of carefully crafted clichs that mobilize the notion “Alexander” for diverse ends and diverse audiences.

Stewart discusses the portraits as studies in power and his original interpretation of them gives unprecedented fullness and shape to the idea and image called “Alexander.”

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Alexander III the Great, the King of Macedonia was considered one of the greatest geniuses of all times. When he was 13, Philip hired the Greek philosopher Aristotle to be Alexander’s personal tutor. He had been a youth of infinite promise.

Physically handsome, strong, brave, and nothing short of brilliant. During the next three years Aristotle gave Alexander a training in rhetoric and literature and stimulated his interest in science, medicine, and philosophy, all of which became of importance in Alexander’s later life.

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Achilles became the model of the noble warrior for Alexander, and he modeled himself after this hero. At a fairly young age Alexander was given many responsibilities. His father made him his ambassador to Athens when he was eighteen. Two years later he became the King of Macedonia.

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Welcome!!! Well, first of all I’m no angel but I do believe in altruism. One of my favorite quotes by Shakespeare is “to thine own self be true”

It is very easy to lose yourself and letting others define us. But the truth will set us free and everything will fall into place.

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Which brings me to the moment of truth when Eros is about to revive his lover Psyche. The sculpture (in the photo above) captures the moment Amor returns Psyche from her deadly sleep.

In this sculpture, Eros revives (with a kiss) his lover Psyche from a sleep induced by a extremely jealous woman using his powers of love.

Visitors of the Louvre Museum in Paris love this sculpture. Speaking of kissing, where is your favorite place to kiss the one you love. (continued below)

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The ART of Kissing

From the erotic French kiss to a gentle kiss on the hand. Every type of kiss expresses a different emotion. Me – I am no expert and you are not going to read a list of kissing 101 lessons. Although, I do want to chat about one type of kissing. Here is an interesting subject that will make romantics smile.  You’ve probably seen this a thousand times in the movies. I admit hand kissing is a bit old-fashioned. However, it is something that I like very much so please hear me out (I promise to be brief)

Don’t you just love tender kisses. “Gently press your lips into the back or palm of your lovers hand and wait a few seconds before breaking away”.

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(this painting is by Santiago Carbonell. i like his work)

Also, “hold my heart in your hand”

..kissing the palm is a bit more straight forward. When you’re serious about the relationship.

To me, the “Hand Kiss” is one of the most romantic and sensual gestures a boyfriend/girlfriend can make when you are dating. The kiss on the hand conveys adoration. When  my lover kisses my hand I just melt. It makes me feel happy all the way down to my toes.  Are you feeling the passion, yet.

And (yes) I think it is okay for girls to do it too! So, be brave and try it.

No, matter what type of kiss you choose, take your time and practice often.

As for the movies, have you noticed that actor Ben Whishaw has kissing talents.

He’s a lovely kisser.

As you can see I know you all have a soft spot for romantic movies too. That is why you are here.

Before you go, which movie does this quote come from?

“My heart is, and always will be, yours.”

And don’t google the answer. Instead ask your friends, see if they know.

One hint: Jane Austen.

Time Travel

If you could go back in time who would you like to meet. For me, the list is too long. However, since I consider myself a true romantic. I’m going to say I would like to meet John Keats – this is why.

Of course I wouldn’t mind meeting actor Ben Whishaw in future. He’s one of my favorite actors.

Brilliant, luminescent, visually stunning and heartbreaking, a captivating, thing of beauty the film, “Bright Star” was directed by Jane Campion. It is the “love story” of the 19th century romantic poet John Keats and the muse who inspired him.

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This poetic romance is unveiled to us through the eyes of his love and muse Fanny Brawne. In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to her creative impulses and artistic sensibility as she quietly sits by a window sewing. Fanny Brawne was very passionate about fashion and designed elaborate dresses she wore with detailed pleats or “triple mushrooms collars” hand made by her. The film continues with serene images of fields and lakes, butterflies and flowers, lush colors and sweet kisses – the pure and honest love of John Keats and Fanny Brawne flourishes in this movie.

All woven together with John Keats romantic poetry we are reminded about the intricacies and complexities of the human heart – where star-crossed lovers cannot be separated even by death itself. The actors who portray Keats and Brawne have great chemistry. Their subtle performances are tender and compelling. If that is not enough, anyone who loves the poetry of the romantic writers should see this film.

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John Keats and Fanny Brawne never married. Keats made no fortune from his poetry and was destitute. He died from Tuberculosis, far away from home, without the love of his life by his side and thinking of himself as a failure. This book of poetry and love letters was published as a companion to the film “Bright Star” (2009) directed by Jane Campion, who also wrote the introduction. It is a great collection of the most beautiful, romantic, honest and passionate love letters and poems you’ll ever read. As for the film, I cried when the beautiful tragedy finally ended but stayed to listen to the poem “Ode to a Nightingale” spoken by actor Mr. Whishaw (John Keats) as the credits appeared on the screen.

“Its loveliness increases. it will never pass into nothingness” by John Keats”

My heart-ached for John Keats and Fanny Brawne. I bought the DVD and the Book and look forward to watching the movie and reading the book over and over. I’m happy that John Keats’ poetry lives on.

P.S. I love – this film and his poetry so much that I’ve decided to give the DVD and the companion book of the Poems and Love Letters as a gift set to my friends for a special occasion like a Birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day etc.

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Ode To Psyche

Poet John Keats

O Goddess! hear these tuneless numbers, wrung
By sweet enforcement and remembrance dear,
And pardon that thy secrets should be sung
Even into thine own soft-conched ear:
Surely I dreamt to-day, or did I see
The winged Psyche with awaken’d eyes?
I wander’d in a forest thoughtlessly,
And, on the sudden, fainting with surprise,
Saw two fair creatures, couched side by side
In deepest grass, beneath the whisp’ring roof
Of leaves and trembled blossoms, where there ran
A brooklet, scarce espied:

Mid hush’d, cool-rooted flowers, fragrant-eyed,
Blue, silver-white, and budded Tyrian,
They lay calm-breathing, on the bedded grass;
Their arms embraced, and their pinions too;
Their lips touch’d not, but had not bade adieu,
As if disjoined by soft-handed slumber,
And ready still past kisses to outnumber
At tender eye-dawn of aurorean love:
The winged boy I knew;
But who wast thou, O happy, happy dove?
His Psyche true!

O latest born and loveliest vision far

Of all Olympus’ faded hierarchy!
Fairer than Ph{oe}be’s sapphire-region’d star,
Or Vesper, amorous glow-worm of the sky;
Fairer than these, though temple thou hast none,
Nor altar heap’d with flowers;
Nor virgin-choir to make delicious moan
Upon the midnight hours;
No voice, no lute, no pipe, no incense sweet
From chain-swung censer teeming;
No shrine, no grove, no oracle, no heat
Of pale-mouth’d prophet dreaming

O brightest! though too late for antique vows,

Too, too late for the fond believing lyre,
When holy were the haunted forest boughs,
Holy the air, the water, and the fire;
Yet even in these days so far retir’d
From happy pieties, thy lucent fans,
Fluttering among the faint Olympians,
I see, and sing, by my own eyes inspir’d.
So let me be thy choir, and make a moan
Upon the midnight hours;
Thy voice, thy lute, thy pipe, thy incense sweet
From swinged censer teeming;
Thy shrine, thy grove, thy oracle, thy heat
Of pale-mouth’d prophet dreaming.

Yes, I will be thy priest, and build a fane
In some untrodden region of my mind,
Where branched thoughts, new grown with pleasant pain,
Instead of pines shall murmur in the wind:
Far, far around shall those dark-cluster’d trees
Fledge the wild-ridged mountains steep by steep;
And there by zephyrs, streams, and birds, and bees,
The moss-lain Dryads shall be lull’d to sleep;
And in the midst of this wide quietness
A rosy sanctuary will I dress
With the wreath’d trellis of a working brain,
With buds, and bells, and stars without a name,
With all the gardener Fancy e’er could feign,
Who breeding flowers, will never breed the same:
And there shall be for thee all soft delight
That shadowy thought can win,
A bright torch, and a casement ope at night,
To let the warm Love in!

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Ben's eyes are beautiful. Check out my blog posts and you will find more photos of Ben Whishaw.

Really like this new photo, when I find out the name of the photographer, the name will be posted here. 

Dear reader what do you prefer Café au lait or English Breakfast?.

Love, “It is the star to every wandering bark” From Shakespeare Sonnet 116 

Whatever you choose, may your day be filled with love!  

More Shakespeare:

“Love is unchanging through hours and weeks but lasts until the edge of doom. If I am wrong about this and it is proved then all my writing and loving is for nothing and no man has ever really loved: “If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”

There is a time-honored tradition (I’m making this up) that when you have a cup of tea or coffee. If you want to make your experience extra-special, share a bit of poetry and something delicious to eat.

(Smile) for some reason this photo reminds me of my best friend and a favorite poem.

The title of the poem is a “World In His Arms”

Oh we need music playing in the background. The poetry reading begins…

Here is picture #2 & picture #3 from the photo shoot.

At some point  I will have a small photo album  for Ben Whishaw on WordPress.

Looking forward to his new projects because can you tell Ben Whishaw is my favorite actor.

A lovely video interview with actor Ben Whishaw Here

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Had a little fun with my visual editor (Photo #4 )

Wonder what kind of music Ben likes. Random thoughts: In other words, are there no boundaries, does great music, inspire a painter’s head or thespian. (Smiles) I should mention that Ben Whishaw he did mention one artist. Apparently he adores Kate Bush – during an interview with Graham Norton he mentioned the “CloudBusting” song.

Interesting that he adores Bush because she is unorthodox and creates eclectic art. Must admit I do like the “Sensual World” 

Besides his acting – I’m interested in Ben because I read that he likes to paint. I don’t make any claims of being a great artist but I like to paint in my spare time…

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(Photo From GQ Magazine)

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Click Photo to Watch Video: He won the Best Leading Actor Award for his Richard II role from Shakespeare’s History Plays.

Another Backstage Video Interview  after winning the award

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For more news check Ben Whishaw’s portfolio section at Ink Spots Arts & Entertainment. While you are there why don’t you kick off your shoes – take a break from your busy day and check out the other artists and programs on at the website.

Also, for more information about BBC America’s The Hour go to their website.