Outlander and Keats

Ok, so not the entire decade, but since its premier in August, 2014, Outlander has been my escape of choice. The books, the characters, the actors, the production–there is plenty there to obsess about.

As I have eagerly scanned the internet daily for sneak peeks at the upcoming reunion episode, I came across this picture which is now my favorite.

Outlander Season 3 2017

“Why this one,” you may reasonably ask, “and not the sexy-in-the-bed one?” It is because this one calls to mind one of my favorite quotes from John Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Get out of town! you exclaim. Don’t give us boring old poetry when we want Jamie and Claire in bed together like in season one!

Bear with me. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Keats describes a picture of two lovers captured in the moment right before they kiss.

Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, 
Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve; 
       She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, 
               For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
 Ode on a Grecian Urn
In other words, they will for all eternity exist in that sweet moment of anticipation right before the kiss. She will not fade (nor will he!), but they will always be beautiful and always be in love. That is our Claire and Jamie, is it not? Thanks to the miracle of modern photography and film, we will always be able to see them poised on the edge of our most anticipated moment and know that, whatever comes in the rest of the series, theirs is a love for all time.

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