She Walks in Beauty George Gordon, Lord Byron. Nick Digregorio and McKenna LaFave. 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
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She Walks in Beauty George Gordon, Lord Byron Nick Digregorio and McKenna LaFave
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!
Summary According to www.shmoop.com, the poem is about a woman. She's really striking, and the speaker compares her to lots of beautiful, but dark, things, like "night" and "starry skies." The second stanza continues to use the contrast between light and dark, day and night, to describe her beauty. We also learn that her face is really "pure" and "sweet." The third stanza wraps it all up – she's not just beautiful, she's "good" and "innocent," to boot.
History of Author • Byron was born in 1788 and died in 1824 at age 36 from a fever he caught in Greece. • He was considered an extraordinarily handsome celebrity • He left Great Britain because of rumors about him having a promiscuous, bisexual, and insestful sex life.
History Connections • Romanticism values simplicity and easiness. That is why this poem is written in basic iambic tetrameter, which is considered simple. • Poets of this time period preferred poetry that was in simple, unadorned language. This poem is written in very simple, easy language. • Romantics embraced imagination and naturalness. Byron expresses this when comparing the women to night, day, and other natural things.
Attitude The tone of this poem is awe. The author is writing this poem about a girl he is in awe of. He spends the whole poem only speaking of her inner and outer beauty. He never says one remotely negative thing about her.
Connotation • ·On line 1 the authors use a simile to compare the woman to the night. oSets up premises for what the whole poem is going to talk about • This poem is an iambic tetrameter. oGives poem a positive/song like sound oPopular in this era • Every other line rhymes. oGives poem a young love or the point of view of a child
Themes 1) Beauty is internal as much as external. The author describes all of the woman's beautiful physical features and how perfect she is, but then he also describes what a pure person she is. He says "A heart whose love is innocent." He finds her external beauty equal to her inner beauty. 2) Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The man describes how beautiful and magnificent this girl is. Although he never mentions anyone else feeling this way about her, just himself. The woman might not really be this perfect, but instead just perfect to him.
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