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She Walks in Beauty
Transcript of She Walks in Beauty
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!
About the Poet
Lord Byron was born in London, in 1788.
Wrote during the Romantic Period
Scandelous Private Life
Travelled Around Europe
Served in the House of Lords
Light and Dark
Switches between stressed and unstressed
da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM
*note: four syllalbes per line; Tetra(4)meter*
reading this poem is as effortless as the beauty of a fine woman.
-George Gordon Lord Byron
Lord Byron and his romance
Inspiration for Poem
Use of Contrast
Signifiance of Exclamation Mark
Poet's final message
By George Gordon Lord Byron
(6lines each "sexain")
AB-AB-AB Rhyme Scheme
eg: stanza 2
This rhyme continues throughout the poem, however you'll notice it a change in line 3-4 (stanza 1)
Sets a Romantic Mood
imagery: an angelic looking woman
visualize an aura of perfection surrounding this women
imagery: an ideal evening = an ideal women
both are perfectly beautiful
Point of View
third person omniscnient
- "I" or "my" gives the feeling of subjectivism.
- creates a sense of distance
- does not go too in-depth with his descriptions
- more objective POV
Darkness and Incest
Stars against a night sky
Distant but always present
Eyes and their reflection of someone's intrinsic character
Balance between Light and Dark
"All that’s best of dark and bright”
"like the night"
“Thus mellowed to that tender light
which heaven to gaudy day denies.”
"One shade the more, one ray the less"
Transition from Appearance to Personality
"Where thoughts serenly sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place."
"A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!"
How many of you interpret this poem to be about a love story?
Dallas Stock, Jenna Wowdzia, Annie Coykendall, Mecca Gong, Yu Shan Liu
imagery: the perfect balance between the light and the dark