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Shani Gilchrist

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Something to Look At: Romance and Femininity Explored in Caroline Rust’s ‘The Tints That Glow’

Posted 2/6/2013 10:53:00 AM

She walks in beauty, like the night ...

Lord Byron’s classic “She Walks in Beauty” still has a powerful effect on readers in 2013, almost a hundred years after they were written. The words have carried their power through the years so that they are analyzed in English Literature classes and quoted through infatuations every day.

Caroline Rust was so moved by “She Walks In Beauty” that she used the poem as the background of her exhibition that will be showing at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill. Using locks, lipstick, perfume bottles, compacts, gloves, doors and chocolate candies, Rust explores the subject of a woman’s identity and the feminine world.

The exhibition runs through Feb. 17. Call me strange, but I can see a stop through the exhibition on the way to dinner making a very interesting and engaging Valentine’s Day date. For more information, click here..

Here’s the full version of Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty”

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!