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She Walks in Beauty
Transcript of She Walks in Beauty
By George Gordon Bryon
Determine the speaker and the audience of the poem
The speaker is a man that admires a woman's beauty. The audience is probably the man himself and he is thinking aloud about the woman
Identify and explain at least 3 examples of literary/poetic devices
i) “SHE walks in beauty, like the night” – this is a simile because the “SHE” is being compared to the night, while using the word like.
ii) “Of cloudless climes and starry skies” – this is alliteration because of the repetition of the “c” sound (cloudless climes) and “s” sound (starry skies)
iii) “Which heaven to gaudy day denies” – this is personification because heaven is given human characteristics.
Determine the context of the poem
Who- George Gordan Bryon
When- June 12, 1814
Where- London England
Why- admired his cousins beauty when he saw her in a black dress
Determine the theme of the poem
Perfection is the theme of the poem. Several places in the poem imply perfection. For example, line 3 “And all that’s best of dark and bright // Meet in her aspect and her eyes”. This line is explaining the subject’s eyes, implying that they are perfect.
Determine how the poem relates to the "carpe diem" theme of the movie.
Carpe diem relates to the poem "She Walks in Beauty" because Mr. Keading taught the students to not see only Science, Math, English, etc..., but to see the beauty in life and all the other things life has to offer.
Explain why you think the director included this poem in the movie
The director included this poem in the movie because life is a beautiful thing and you shouldn't always take it so serious; and you have to appreciate the beauty in life.
Contemporary song that represents a similar/same theme as the poem.
The song “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder represents a similar theme as the poem. The song was written in celebration of the birth of Stevie Wonder’s daughter, and displays how he appreciates her beauty. The poem “She Walks in Beauty” conveys the same sort of message, as Bryon is appreciating the beauty of his cousin. They are also both written about the same kind of love. This love not being romantic, but instead the type of love one has for his/her family.
Isn't She Lovely
By Stevie Wonder