Poetry- She Walks in Beauty (Lord Byron)

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key themes
the unobtainable/ideal/light and dark

She Walks in Beauty published
1815, written to be set to music, supposedly about cousin’s wife, presence at a funeral- darkness does not detract from her beauty but accentuates it

She walks in beauty: Structure, meter, significance
3 regular ABABAB sestets, iambic tetrameter, effortless as the recipient’s effortless grace and beauty

significance of meter
meter commonly found in hymns- associated with sincerity and simplicity- pure intentions

She Walks in Beauty opens
“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”

“One shade the more, one ray the less,/Had half impaired the nameless grace/Which waves in every raven tress”

exterior expression are in line with her interior thoughts
“Where thoughts serenely sweet express”

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