‘Bright Star’

Words on jewellery interest me. My earliest poetry piece used a text by poet Wilfred Owen on a set of brooches and neck tags for a show of mens jewellery at Form back a decade ago.  Here I use text by John Keats. A poet of the romantic era, his work is  full of sensual imagery, a blend of nature, mythology and storytelling that invoke a melancholic beauty.’ Bright Star’  written as a love letter and given to Fanny Brawne in 1919 , features in the movie of the same name by distinguished New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion. Keats died tragically young of tuberculosis  in an apartment on the Spanish Steps, Rome, 1920, aged 25.

Engraved Text reads,

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,

Bright Star by J Keats

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

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