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She Walks in Beauty

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Transcript of She Walks in Beauty

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
Imagery
Light and Dark
Structure
Iambic Tetrameter!
Switches between stressed and unstressed
da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM
eg:
She
walks
in
beau
-ty,
like
the
night
Of
cloud
-less
climes
and
star
-ry
skies
*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
Introduction
Lord Byron and his romance
Inspiration for Poem
Use of Contrast
Video
Outline
Signifiance of Exclamation Mark
Title
Transition
Poet's final message

Conclusion
By George Gordon Lord Byron

3 stanzas
(6lines each "sexain")
AB-AB-AB Rhyme Scheme
eg: stanza 2
less
,
grace
,
tress
,
face
,
express
,
place
This rhyme continues throughout the poem, however you'll notice it a change in line 3-4 (stanza 1)

And
all
that's
best
of
dark
and
bright

Meet
in her
as
-pect
and
her
eyes:
(
Metrical Inversion
)
Word Choice
Sets a Romantic Mood
Expresses Lightheartedness
Dreamy Atmosphere
1.
Imagery
imagery: an angelic looking woman
visualize an aura of perfection surrounding this women
imagery: an ideal evening = an ideal women
both are perfectly beautiful
2.
Point of View
third person omniscnient
WHY?
- "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
Symbolism
Darkness and Incest
Stars against a night sky
Distant but always present
Eyes and their reflection of someone's intrinsic character
Theme
Balance between Light and Dark

"All that’s best of dark and bright”
"like the night"
"Starry skies"
“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!"
Questions?
~
Question
How many of you interpret this poem to be about a love story?
Works Cited
http://courses.wcupa.edu/fletcher/britlitweb/aabramsa.htm
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100217043856AAF0bby
http://poetrypages.lemon8.nl/romance/shewalks/shewalks.htm

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imagery: the perfect balance between the light and the dark
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