She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

This short poem consists of three stanzas and a total of fifteen lines. It is written in third person and the author makes no mention of himself as the speaker. The poem begins with the line “she walks in beauty” which also serves as the poem’s title and uses it to create the simile. “She walks in beauty, like the night” is a comparison that permeates and defines the rest of the poem. Images of the “one shade the more,” “one ray the less,” and “raven” reinforce this simile and characteristics like “cloudless,” clear and calm help define the night. By pointing out that clear and calm nights typically follow good and peaceful days, Byron finishes the poem and the comparison between this night and this peaceful, good, and innocent woman (“So soft, so calm,…But tell of days in goodness spent,/A mind at peace with all below…”).

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