Analysis Of Lord Byron's Mutability And She Walks In Beauty

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In “Mutability”, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and “She Walks in Beauty”, by Lord Byron, the sonnets show the simple beauty of natural humans and how complex it can be. In “She Walks in Beauty”, the woman is analyzed through contradictions from “dark” and “bright”. The sonnet emphasizes on how someone’s beauty is perfection because amongst all the darkness, she still illuminates with her purity. Byron is viewing this woman through exaggeration of unnatural beauty, but somehow her contradicting beauty is natural because of her purity. In “Mutability”, there is this main contradiction about humans lives that seems complex, but is simple because it is natural. It suggests humans want the simplest things in life like love, virtue, and friendship, …show more content…
In “She Walks in Beauty”, the writer creates a visual imagery to how the woman appears to him through the lightness and darkness. The first line, “She walks in beauty, like the night/ Of cloudless climes and starry skies” (1-2), demonstrates how the woman shines within the darkness. In the lines, the writer suggests that her beauty is a form of light because it is seen in darkness among clear dark skies, filled with stars. Also, the writer says, “And all that’s best of dark and bright/Meet in her aspect and her eyes” (3-4) which can mean that she is being compared through the best aspects of light and darkness that leads to her eyes being beautiful because they have a perfect balance of both between the two. It gives her a sense of purity. The writer tries to impose that this beauty he is describing is more like an aurora because it is not purely physical. He gives more personification to this aurora saying it is “Thus mellowed to that tender light/ Which heaven to gaudy day denies” (5-6). When the writer says “mellow”, he suggests that she mellows the opposites to day and night, so it becomes a “tender light” leading to a perfect balance of the two, again. Also, the writer exaggerates about heaven denying her giving more inference that he is exaggerating on her beauty, that it is almost not natural. He sees her as this beautiful person, but is …show more content…
Byron leaves the sonnet in a positive tone because he finds the simple pure beauty in this woman for how she has “smiles that win, the tints that glow/ But tell of days in goodness spent” (15-16). She has a beautiful soul:”A mind at peace with all below,/ A heart whose love is innocent” (17-18). She had started as a contradiction, but ended with the writer noticing that she is in all beautiful because she is simply perfection and that is the best way to accept her. Shelley tries to find positivity in life, but leaves the sonnet in a negative tone for how complex it is to feel happy about life, when knowing it will end. While Byron uses night and bright in the beginning of the sonnet, Shelley uses it in the end. Shelley, like Byron, rhymes “bright” with “night”, but in a different context. Shelley tries to incorporate an ideal balance of serenity to life because even though life is so complex and hard to understand at times, you have to just live it, no matter how much it sucks that one day it can end, while Byron balances the best of light and darkness to this woman who is a contradiction to herself because she is so simple, but beyond all, is perfection. They found acceptance by seeing the simple beauty of the complexity to their

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