She Walks in Beauty
Summary: “She Walks in Beauty” is one of the famous poems of Lord Byron written in 1814. It is a short lyrical poem consisting of three stanzas of six lines each. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ababab, and the lines follow regular rhythm: iambic tetrameter, which means that there are four “iambs” (or pairs of one stressed and one unstressed syllable) in every line.
The word ‘she’ could suggest an air of mystery around the women because he does not know her. She could be anyone. The verb ‘walk’ could imply that everything around her is beautiful. It is not just her physical appearance that he admires but everything about her is charming even the way she walks.
Byron could use the simile ‘like the night’ to symbolise that this woman is different to all other women he has admired because he breaks the ordinary convention of romantic poetry. For example, Shakespeare compares someone to ‘a summer’s day’.
The imagery used here is romantic and mysterious just like the woman he is describing. Byron could be suggesting she is like the stars in the sky and is both lighting up the darkness and unobtainable.
Byron uses the contrast of ‘dark and bright’ throughout the poem. This could suggest that both ‘dark’ and ‘bright’ come together in this woman to create perfection and balance.
‘tender light’ and ‘gaudy day’ could imply that her beauty is understated and natural. The poet admires how effortless her beauty is.
He is also admiring her perfection.
By using the adjective ‘raven’ this could suggest an element of danger about the women. Byron is also breaking the conventions of stereotypical sense of beauty.
Byron is admiring not just her physical appearance but her ‘inner beauty’. Her sweat ‘thoughts’ match her external beauty.
By using the adjective could mean that her beauty is clear and sophisticated.
In this stanza, Byron is zooming into specific details of her face. ‘ The smiles that win’ could suggest that she has the best smile he has ever seen.
In the lines:
“But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,”
Byron is admiring her innocence and kindness.
Why does Byron mention ‘love’ in the last line only? There are many interpretations of this. This could suggest that he is just physically attracted to her and so he does not love her. However this could suggest that by writing the poem in the order he does not show the process of falling live with someone and he realises in the end that, he does love her.
Questions of She Walks in Beauty
Question 1. What does she walks in beauty mean?
Answer. She walks in beauty celebrates the beauty of a women. There is an air of mystery around her. She could be anyone. The verb ‘walk’ means everything around her is beautiful even the way she walks.
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