Friday, October 14, 2005

She Walks In Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron

She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

This is a cool poem with vivid descriptions and metaphors about a beautiful girl. At first, the speaker depicts the beauty with an ominous tone, as a mature and mysterious girl, but it turns out that the girl is actually a bright and innocent virgin (I got the virgin part from the last two lines, where I thought the wording was funny). Or maybe she is so bright and beautiful that everything around her seems to be dark in comparison to her beauty. The reason I think this is a cool poem is because the speaker never gives any details about the girl directly so that the girl herself is left up to your imagination, yet you can still get a clear image of the girl's beauty. Everything is in comparison to her surroundings so she seems like a natural beauty.


Blogger Niel said...

I think this poem is a typical love poem, with comparisons that are overly flattering for no reason, but in order to write the poem. I think this is a false way of writing poetry even though the poem does flow naturally. I think the idea of the poem is cliche, because of it is very unoriginal.

4:50 PM  
Blogger brianne fong said...

The imagery and language is so beautiful in this poem. I think that there are definitely cliche parts of the poem, but syntactically and expressively, the poem serves its purpose and gives the reader a very hazy, but at the same time, vivid view of why "She Walks In Beauty".

11:39 AM  

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