The Most Passionate Poem


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Stan Yu (486200224)
Introduction to Literature
Ray Schulte
About "She Walks in Beauty"
The author of the poem "She Walks in Beauty," Lord Byron, describes how one lady is charming and attractive with description of the lady's eyes, hair, cheek, and forehead. He focuses on the lady's appearance, which seems to be alive, and implies she is full of spirit and life. In the first and second stanza, Lord Byron compares her eyes and hair to the phenomena in the nature; people could regard the natural phenomena as the common, however, we're just moved most deeply by the ordinary things in our life all the time. In the third stanza, the poet eventually talks about the mind and the heart of the lady he mentions-the last two lines-which is as pure as the looking the lady has. How would it be the most passionate poem in our courses? In my opinion, Lord Byron indicates how beautiful she is and gives his compliment to her "directly," which makes the readers strong feel the speaker's love face to face.
The construction of the poem is marvelous whether we appreciate the poem in the aspects Lord Byron characterizes the lady or the rhythm of rhyme the poet arranges. The poet introduces the lady to the readers in order-he shows readers what she looks like in the beginning, by which the speaker successfully gives the great first impression to the readers about the lady. Then Lord Byron turns to tell the readers the innocence of the sweet-heart, persuading readers that the inside of beauty really corresponds with her perfect figure. The arrangement of rhyme is "ABABAB
CCCCCC DADADA." In my opinion, the rhyme of the 1st and 3rd stanza runs like a circle, which suggests the speaker's constant love for the lady; the rhyme of the 2nd of stanza just implies it is straight and violent the speaker has admiration for the lady.
I don't think the lady the speaker mentions in the poem is in mourning; on the contrary, I consider the beauty is rich in life, even a little bit wild. The way Lord Byron depicts the woman's parts of body is so vivid that I believe the lady is active and high-spirited. If the beauty is sad, she could be pretty still; however, effected by the grief, she wouldn't be active, that is, the way the speaker describes the beauty would be different. The image of the lady is special, too-the feeling she gives the readers is not melancholy as the women I saw in the works I have read. The image of the beauty would be brighter.
The following are the questions I have about the poem:
Q1: In the 1st stanza and the line3, why does Lord Byron use the word "aspect," instead of "character" or "nature?"
Q2: Why does the text on line ask us if the lady is in mourning? With what kind of evidence in the poem can the readers approve that she is sad?



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