Sunday, October 23, 2005

week 5 post 2

She Walks In Beauty like the night
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!

The way the speaker talks about the girl in the poem is very sweet and tender. He gives her the characteristics of night, which can also be dark and harsh, but he brings out the beauty in it. He thinks that this girl has all the characteristics of the night. My favorite parts are “and all that’s best of dark and bright” and “one shade the more, one ray the less” . I feel that in these lines he is describing her face and the shadows in it. I love that he thinks this girl is innocent and her love is pure, that is something that you rarely see in love poems. Though this poem rhymes, for some reason I didn’t realize after reading the poem a few times. I think it is because the reader gets so caught up in the words that they don’t notice the style.

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