Analysis of She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron Essay
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Analysis of She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
She Walks in Beauty is a poem in which the author speaks of the physical beauty of a woman; a female who the author encountered. This encounter lead him to visualize a great distinct physical image of her so he began to speak of this phenomenal attractiveness. A special quality in her was being able to be identified with the heaven.
Beautiful like the stars and clearly visible as a cloudless night.
The poem ?She Walks in Beauty? came by as an inspiration to the author. This occurred at an event attended by the author where he meet his cousin which is the woman the author speaks about in the poem.
The author lord Byron wrote this poem which is found in the Hebrew Melodies.…show more content…
appeared in 1807, when he was nineteen; the lofty pose he struck in announcing himself as Lord Byron? (The Penguin
Group, 1). Then he took his seat in the house of lords that same year, and then departed on a grand tour through most of Europe, there he began ?Chilled Harold?s Pilgrimage.?
?Byron returned to London in July 1811, but too late to see his mother, before she died?(The Penguin Group, 2). ?After having returned from exotic travels, he became a figure of force and he followed his success with a series of ?Eastern? tales that added to his aura: one of them, The Corsair 1814, written in ten days, sold ten thousand copies on the day of publication?(The Penguin Group, 2). Hebrew Melodies 1815, contains one of Byron?s most famous lyrics, which is ? She Walks in Beauty?. After having a relationship with his half-sister Augusta, and presuming that her daughter Medora was his, Byron proposed to Annabella Milbanke. ?They married in January 1815; their daughter Augusta Ada was born at the end of the year, but a few weeks latter Annabella left Byron to live with her parents, amid rumors of insanity, incest, and sodomy?(The Penguin Group, 3). ?In 1819 the first two cantos of Don Juan were published in an expensive edition meant to forestall charges of blasphemy and bearing neither the authors nor the publisher?s name? (The Penguin Group, 3). In April 1819, Byron met his last attachment Teresa Gamba Guiccioli who was married to a
Writing a response
When writing an essay about your interpretation of, or response to, a poem, you should consider the points below.
- Write a plan first, noting what you'll include in each paragraph.
- Begin with a brief overview of the poem.
- Go on to mention themes, form, structure, rhythm and language.
- Mention a range of views or perspectives.
- Compare the poem to another one.
- Mention any relevant details about the context of the poem.
- Conclude with a firm judgement about the poem.
- Support all you say with details or quotes from the poem.
A good approach to begin with is to highlight any key words which stand out for you. Make sure you use these key words in your essay.
How does Byron engage the reader’s interest in the poem She Walks in Beauty?
- Overview: highly personal response to the beauty of a person which is shared with reader. The poem has ‘movement’ and is not all about one thing.
- Imagery: rich images around physical attractiveness - eg ‘Of cloudless climes and starry skies;’
- Inner goodness: character as important as outward appearances - eg ‘Where thoughts serenely sweet express’. One matches the other.
- Literary devices: sound patterns (alliteration and assonance), antithesis and enjambment help the reader to admire technical skill.
- Conclusion: poem is confessional in tone; the speaker seems to invite the reader to join him in admiring the woman’s physical and inner beauty.
Some other essay questions to think about:
- How far is the speaker in Byron’s She Walks in Beauty only concerned with the woman’s physical appearance?
- Compare and contrast how Lord Byron in She Walks in Beauty and Thomas Hardy in Neutral Tones present a moment in the speaker’s life.
More on planning an essay.