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She Walks In Beauty Analysis



Author: Poetry of George Gordon, Lord Byron Type: Poetry Views: 12261





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!










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can anyone write the figurative images in this poem ?

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| Posted on 2011-12-20 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-12-16 | by a guest


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i love this poem it because is full of grace that it is all about the love in how to express your felling in what they are.although that her beauty like a night he inspire him so much !!muah!!

| Posted on 2011-12-07 | by a guest


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like the poem but when it came on exam. known nothing and just wrote..blablabla...sheet

| Posted on 2011-11-30 | by a guest


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Is it not possible that it is a critique of the male gaze, redefining femininity to encompass aspects beyond mere female physicality?

| Posted on 2011-09-20 | by a guest


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Great comment, it has helped me a lot, especially for making me understand exactly the idea of Romanticism this poem expresses. I think it\'s a bit like the idea of \"sublime\", that is subjective beauty provoked by something dark!...

| Posted on 2011-06-01 | by a guest


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As the title says, SHE walks in beauty, the main theme of the poem is the description of a lady, the enumeration of certain qualities that the author considers give her beauty. The introduction of the verb to “walk” in the title is important because it gives connotations of advancing, not only in space but also in time. It makes reference to the movement of walking, introducing the reader this way into a bidimensional reading which is going to be constant through out all of the poem.
The center of the poem is the lady, and the author expresses that central importance by capitalizing the whole pronoun SHE .
As I said before, the observation, and the following description of Byron leads the reader to a dual dimension that enriches the poem. Evidences of this dualism are some interesting contrasts reflected in the poem: line 3 “ and all that’s best of dark and bright” that gives us the idea that such a lady includes amongst her qualities light and darkness, good and evil, she is a mixture of both. This is not an archetypical description that gives only a positive and idealized point of view. But, being a Romantic description it is also a profound and realistic one. The vision of the poet describes a beauty of “shade” and “ray”, giving us again the impression that she is not only positive.

| Posted on 2011-03-29 | by a guest


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i like it, short poem but contain a great idea.... ^^

| Posted on 2011-03-11 | by a guest


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i like it, short poem but contain a great idea.... ^^

| Posted on 2011-03-11 | by a guest


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THE LIFE IS DEPENDING ON THE LIFE\'S MIND\'S STRANGE BEAUTY.

| Posted on 2010-10-29 | by a guest


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A SHD HV AN EXAM ABT THIS POEM IN ZA NEXT TEN DAYZ AND A THINK NO ONE SHD GIVE IT ANALYSIS WHATSO EVER..HEY GUYS JUST ENJOY IT U DUN NEED TO ANALISE THE HECK OUTA OF EVERYTHING TILL IT LOSES IT'S BEAUTY LIKE WE OURSELVES LOST THE BEAUTY OF OUR EXISTANCE...

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest


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Lord Byron is very dramatic and beautiful with the mind. he knows how to use the beauty of the English language.

| Posted on 2010-04-08 | by a guest


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It all depends on how you look at it. There is the respect a man is showing for a young woman who has incredible restraint and grace. He speaks about her inner beauty as if it were the most wonderful thing in the world. Byron is doing nothing more than capturing the essence of his cousin in a way that makes her seem more than life. A beautiful way to describe a person is through a poem, he just makes her even more beautiful. By telling us that her inner beauty is reflected by her outer shell is telling us that though she could be the most hideous creature alive her kindness and gentleness makes her more beautiful than the most beautiful woman in the world. This can be seen as a love poem for a member of one's family that has the strength and grace to go through life during a difficult time.

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest


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I like this poem. It's hot. 8D Like totally romantic, like Lord Byron. Peace out yo! ;D

| Posted on 2010-03-17 | by a guest


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With reference to "In the second line in the second paragraph, the writer describes the woman as half impaired." - analysis given by ELID,
This is not odd as it says -
"One shade the more, one ray the less, had half impaired the nameless grace"
The word "had" may mean "would have" and in that case, everything will be in accordance with what was described in the first stanza. This is what I think. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks.
PUM

| Posted on 2010-03-06 | by a guest


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nice i love this poem, one of my favorites, he's inspiring!.

| Posted on 2010-02-03 | by a guest


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Lord Byron is obviously skillful ay what he does. He wrote this poem about someone strictly out of observation. Not everyone has this ability. He uses beautiful metaphors to describe he inner and outer beauty coming together in perfect harmony.

| Posted on 2010-01-21 | by a guest


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hahaha, yes! Loved the comment "Everyone needs to stop raggin' on Byron for writing this poem about his cousin. This man was and is a pimp end of story." Sheer and utter brilliance in this one statement. whoever you are, awesome.
Byron IS the pompous ass, the sex machine. The true purpose of romanticism is NOT TO WRITE ABOUT BEAUTY AND NATURE. Everyone who has that mindframe, slaughter it. What qualifies something romantically is the art of that specific poetry itself. The way Romantic poets take an aspect and make it sublime in order to inspire awe is the true purpose of Romanticism.
Don' size up about romanticism and this specific work by Byron if you don't know that.

| Posted on 2010-01-07 | by a guest


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I hate it when poeple look so deep into something when it's kinda simple.. I mean he is describing beauty, and since he's so good at english, it comes out intense and beautiful! that's it.. I don't really believe in the DEEP MESSAGES of this poem, or many others of Byron's work. Actually I feel the same way about almost everyone. Sometimes they MEAN to put the deep messages, which is great, but sometimes poeple just make them up in their own analysis of the literary work. LOL but that's just me :)

| Posted on 2010-01-04 | by a guest


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I love this poem because the message is so deep. Now since this a site for anlysis I know many of you on here came looking for a prewritten analysis I would advise you to truelly analyze the poem yourself because the message is so deep, you won't want to miss out on it.

| Posted on 2009-10-01 | by a guest


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She Walks in Beauty is a poem written in 1814 by Lord Byron. It was the first of several poems to be set to Jewish tunes from the synagogue by Isaac Nathan, which were published as Hebrew Melodies in 1815.
This poem is not necessarily a love poem, but more of a celebration of the subject's beauty. Some critics have said that Byron fell passionately in love with his cousin and wrote this poem for her. He met her for the first time while she was in mourning over the death of a loved one. Thus, in modest black dress (hence the allusions to darkness, with the light referring to her beauty) Lord Byron encountered his cousin, known for her great beauty, and was taken aback. Nowhere in the poem does Byron mention or allude to love.

| Posted on 2009-08-21 | by a guest


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If you read the history of the poem, you learn that he first saw her when she was mourning the death of a loved one. She was most likely dressed in black as that was, and still is, the custom.
I believe he is describing the peace and warmth that follows her, even when she has had a loss. This, to me isn't a love poem, but an expression of respect for a woman so beautiful and strong, inside and out.
-Twiggy
age 15
future journalist

| Posted on 2009-07-20 | by a guest


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he does not explicitly describe her- uses abstract terms (lightness and darkness)

| Posted on 2009-04-18 | by a guest


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it's amazing how Byron seems to find unity within this woman, whether she be his cousin or not. he describes being able to 'unite all that's best of dark or night' within her, just as Yeats found unity between things when he brought together gold and silver.
this comparison seems almost paradoxical which simply expresses his deep admiration for her.

| Posted on 2009-04-09 | by a guest


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loved it loved it loved it. u couldnt pay a man to be that romantic these days

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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It's interesting how a poem written with eloquence can elicit some responses only memorable by their sheer inability to live in a literate world. Do they realise how inadequate they sound?

| Posted on 2009-03-29 | by a guest


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.ELI D
In she walks in beauty, Lord Byron, self expresses his personal view of beauty in woman. In the first line, she walks in beauty, like the night he is able to give a unique view of this woman. Night, which is generally associated with evil and darkness, is compared to a beautiful woman, to possibly show that even the darkest things have beauty in them. Even through the darkness of night, light and beauty can still be emitted. Lord Byron then makes the night as majestic as possible, by describing it as cloudless and starry. To enforce the idea that darkness could have light in it, he says the best of dark and bright. This seems like a direct contraction, but this was done intentionally, to show that dark and bright can go together, as by the women and the night. The writer then goes on to describe the view of the women, but he uses two words to describe the same thing.(aspect and eyes). He is possibly portraying not only the physical beauty of this woman, but her internal beauty as well. The last word in the first paragraph is denies. This shows that the moon and stars are a privilege, which heaven doesnt give to day, but to night only. In the second line in the second paragraph, the writer describes the woman as half impaired. This is odd, because the writer was trying to portray a perfect woman in the night. This shows that regardless of how perfect one may seem they still have imperfections. The writer uses soothing relaxing words throughout the poem, like softly, tender, pure, calm, eloquent, waves, and peace. These all give the poem a relaxing feel to it, to help describe the perfection of the women. Lastly the writer purposely gives us an insight into the womans mind, (alliteration) to make us the story multi-dimensional and make the woman more realistic.

| Posted on 2008-12-04 | by a guest


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Everyone needs to stop raggin' on Byron for writing this poem about his cousin. This man was and is a pimp end of story.

| Posted on 2008-12-02 | by a guest


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This is one of my fav Byron poems (with the exception of Solitude). I love his comparison to the night.

| Posted on 2008-12-01 | by a guest


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this is no beauty this is crap for they are all a lad.

| Posted on 2008-10-03 | by a guest


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i love this poem. its fing gd! romanitic and sweet!

| Posted on 2008-10-01 | by a guest


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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!

| Posted on 2008-03-05 | by a guest


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this is the most romantic poem ever writen. hundreds of years later there is pimpness still in these words

| Posted on 2008-02-13 | by a guest


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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!

| Posted on 2007-07-12 | by a guest




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