An Analysis of George Gordon Noel Byron's poem She Walks in Beauty

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An Analysis of George Gordon Noel Byron's poem She Walks in Beauty

George Gordon Noel Byron's poem titled, "She Walks in Beauty," is a love poem about a beautiful woman and all of her features. The poem follows a basic iambic tetrameter with an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable that allows for a rhythm to be set by the reader and can be clearly seen when one looks at a line:

She walks / in beau / ty like / the night.

T.S. Eliot, an American poet criticizes Byron's work by stating the poem, "needs to be read very rapidly because if one slows down the poetry vanishes and the rhyme is forced" (Eliot 224). With this rhythm the reader can, however, look deeper into the contents of Byron's poem and
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So immediately the poem brings together its two opposing forces that are at work, darkness and light.

In lines three and four Byron emphasizes that the unique feature of the woman is her ability to contain opposites within her; "the nest of dark and bright/meet" in her. The joining together of the darkness and the light can be seen in her "aspect," or appearance, but also in her "eyes." In this case, "the woman's eyes aren't to be associated with a physical feature, but more as an internal aspect of her: the eyes reveal her heart"(Martin 24). L.C. Martin, from the University of Nottingham, also writes that Byron, "emphasizes the unique feature of this woman to contain opposites within her,"(24) therefore agreeing with the concept that not only is there a struggle between the darkness and the light, but also within the woman.

Beginning with line five, the word "meet" is emphasized again as she creates a "tender light," not the gaudiness of daytime, but a gentler light that even "heaven" does not bestow an the day. The night can be thought of in terms of irrationality and the day in terms or reason and neither day nor night is pleasing, only the meeting of the two extremes in this woman.

In the second stanza, once again, the opposites are combined. "Shade" or darkness is combined with "day" or light, and "raven tress" or dark hair is linked with a lightened face. If the woman contained with in her and in her

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