Comparing Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" to Lord Byron's "She Walks in Beauty."

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Comparing Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" to Lord Byron's "She walks in beauty."

The beauty of women has been valued for such a long time. Writers tried to describe women's beauty in their poems and novels, painters drew beautiful women in their paintings, many plays were based on how a man falls in love with a beautiful woman. For my final paper, I would like to compare and contrast a poem from 17th century written by Lord Byron and today's modern song by Christina Aguilera "Beautiful." I chose these two totally different poem and a modern song mostly based on the subject area. I feel that both represents a woman's beauty each in their own ways.

In "She walks in beauty," written in 1814, George Gordon, famously known as Lord Byron, describes the beauty of a woman who just walked by him. The poem starts with, "She walks in beauty, like the night," which simply explains that this woman was wearing something black that indicates she was mourning someone. The second line shows the reader where this beautiful woman exists in, " Of cloudless climes and starry skies." The poem continues with the poet's showing the difference between the dark and light shades in the next two lines, "And all that's best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her eyes:", which again repeats poet's contrast from the beginning of the poem.

The next paragraph of the poem starts with telling the reader that despite the shade of the light, the woman is still beautiful. In other words, Lord Byron tries to tell us that nothing can ruin this woman's beauty. "One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace." The poem continues to describe the beautiful woman, comparing her beauty to nature and other things.

By using the light shades description in his poem, it seems like Lord Byron was trying to show this woman's beauty in kind of in between lights. In other words, the poet, shows her not in very light place nor in the dark place. It looks like she is...
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