She Walks in Beauty

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The Definition of Beauty “She Walks in Beauty” is more of a poem then some man watching a woman "walk in beauty,” it is him slowly falling in love with her. The question is, how can he be just falling in love without ever speaking to her? The poem, by Lord Byron, was written in 1814. Since it was written so long ago it is a little difficult for our generation to understand it, but once it is read a few times anyone can get it. During this poem we get the actions of this woman through the eyes of a man who is close to her. They can’t be too old, probably in their twenties. It is nighttime, and it seems that they were coming from a formal event. Throughout each stanza we get a closer, and a more detailed description of the beauty. This poem contains almost every element discussed in poetry; Word Choice, Word Order, Tone, Images, Figures of Speech, Symbol, Irony, Pattern of Rhythm, and Poetic Forms. The only element in this poem that wasn’t obvious was the Allegory. Some elements are used more, and easier to identify than others. Stanza I has a few of the elements in it. The very first line, “She walks in beauty, like the night” (Line 1) is a simile. Byron is comparing her beauty to the beauty of the night. He believes that she is simply beautiful, and she has no clue about it. He goes on comparing her looks to certain subjects in the night. “And all that’s best of dark and bright,” (Line 3) “Thus mellowed to that tender light.” (Line 5) Those lines here, as well as in the whole poem, are in a b open form rhyming scheme. The man is describing her as she walks under the moon light, even though it would happen under any light, that it hits her like a state of grace. The last line of this stanza has a very strong meaning, “Which heaven to gaudy day denies.” (Line 6) This is such a strong line because he is taking a huge step as he brings her beauty up to the Godly

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