SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY EXPLICATION

By: John-John Perkins

She Walks in Beauty By: Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She Walks in Beauty

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon) 1788–1824Lord Byron (George Gordon)

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!

Explication of She Walks in Beauty

Musical Devices: In the poem there is a regular occuring rhyme pattern or scheme. The Ryhme scheme is of type A B. In stanza 1 there is a reoccurance of the "I" sound.

Language: There is a happy diction. Geordan includes lots of happy words like glow, tree, light, eyes, tender, goodness. This also provides a sense of imagery in the poem.

Structure: The poem is organized in stanza's. Each stanza consist of 6 lines so the ryhme scheme matches The poe flows smoothly almost like a story.


Diction: Gordon's word choice flows very smoothly. It is almost soothing to the ears in my opinion as the words are words of life and light. A few words that stood out to me were "serenley" 'mellowed" and "gaudy". Gordon's word choice produced lots of imagery for me, as i was reading the poem i pictured an outdoor scenery with green trees and pastures with blowing winds of relaxation.


Rhyme Scheme: " She Walks In Beauty" follows a ABABAB Rhyme scheme throughout the entire poem.

Citation:

Rooney, Kathleen. "She Walks in Beauty." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 11 Feb. 2004. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Some things I visualize when reading the poem

Background on George Gordan

George Gordan, often called Lord Byron, was an English poet and often known as a leading figure in Romanticism. He was often recognized for his poem "She walks in beauty".