She Walks in Beauty

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Literature between 1800-1900
17 May 2013

Lord Byron: She walks in Beauty

She walks in Beauty is a Lord Byron’s poem that I have chosen because of her lyrical form to describe an elegant a beauty woman that in my opinion is a woman that Lord Byron is in love with. It is a true declaration of love or a statement of admiration. It was written in 1814 and published in 1815 in “Hebrew Melodies”. Probably the poem was written upon Mrs. Wilmot, whom is Byron’s cousin, when he met her he wrote the poem based on her beauty that inspired the author. Lord Byron enjoyed a good education; he  was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumors of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. Byron was an  English  poet  and a leading figure in the  Romantic Movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems  Don Juan  and  Childe Harold's Pilgrimage  and She walks in beauty the poem the I’m going to analyze.

It’s a poem made of three stanzas, it is an eighteen-line poem of three six-line stanzas. It follows a /ABABAB /, /CDCDCD/, / EFEFEF/ rhyme. The poem is written in iambic tetrameter, that is: Iambic refers to the pattern of stresses in the line, an iamb is an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable; and Tetrameter means that there are four unstressed syllables in the line (She walks in beau-ty, like the night Of cloud-less climes and star-ry skies). The poem opens with a line that doesn't have punctuation (enjambment): it runs over to the next. Not only that but the next line has a different kind of meter. Poets use this mechanism together with enjambment to attract attention to certain words. For example...
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