SUBJECT: PRACTICAL CRITICISM
ANALYSIS OF THE POEM
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY
CROUSE CODE# 510
SUBMITTED TO: MAM SAMINA
DATE: 30, OCT, 2012
Byron wrote this poem SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY about Mrs.Wilmot, his cousin Robert Wilmot's wife. It echos Wordsworth's earlier " The Solitary Reaper"(1807) in its conceit, the speaker's awe upon seeing a woman walking in her own aura of beauty.
We usually refers this poem simply by the first line"She walks in beauty" but the first line does more than introduce the subject of the poem that is "A Beautiful Women" So, the theme of this poem is A Beautiful Woman and tone is APPRECIATIVE as speaker appreciate the beauty of Woman in whole poem either it is her inner beauty or outer beauty. Mood is ROMANTIC. Speaker is POET and listener is READER. Diction use in the poem is SIMPLE. Rhyme scheme use in the poem that is ABABAB Tetrameter. The poem is divided into three stanzas of six lines each.
In first line "She walks in beauty" this is an odd way of saying that she is beautiful, isn't it? "Walk(ing) in beauty" makes her beauty seem more dynamic. As though its partly her movement and the spring in her step that make her beautiful . She's not just has a pretty face, it's the whole living, breathing, "walk(ing)' woman that's beautiful.
Her beauty is compared to "night". That seems strange as night is dark and usually poet compares the beauty of woman to the summer's day like in Shakespeare's Sonnet no#18 TO HIS LOVE. In this Sonnet Shakespeare's wrote about his beloved and compared her with summer's day.
This is where the basic SIMILE of the whole poem is established the beauty of the woman is "like the night"
In line no# 2 poet says "of cloudless climes and starry skies" after reading line no# 2 we come to know that featured woman isn't just compared to any "night,"...