Lee at 14:49:25 6/18/98 from c550-6.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|She Walks In Beauty
Comparing with "My Last Duchess" and "After Death", te poem gives us a totally different feeling. Because that "last" and "death" usually bring negative meanings, on the contrary, "walk" this world is active and energtic, and "beauty" is full of compliment and admiration, so the title of one poem can reveal its style sometimes.
In the first stanza, the ryhme was arranged orderly. It exchanges with "ight" and "es" these twwo sounds for three times. In the first sentence, teh speaker said "She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies." Generally, we describe a girl who is optimistic and attractive as a daylight. Because sun is always charming for us. But here, the speaker pointed out that she was like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, perhaps there are some similar characteristics between the night and the girl. As we know, night often offers a kind of mysterious atmosphere, so maybe the hirl sometimes also gave the spesker the same feelings. Why teh speaker said"of cloudless climes" particularly? In my opinion, he may want to show that the girl in his mind is very innocent, with no stain and mistakes. Occasionally, we symbolize star as diamond, so the girl might play a very important role for him as a priceless treasure.
In the second stanza, I got confused with the first sentence-"one shade the more, one ray the less." What does "shade" and "ray" stand for? Does "shade" mean some vad news or things and "ray" means some kind of hope and future? Actually, I've tried my best, but just can not figure out its meaningsat all. About the several following sentences, it talks about the girl raven hair and face chiefly. According to the last two sevtences of this stanza, it said " Where thoughts serenely sweet express, how pure, how dear their dwelling-place." It reveals that her temperament is quite elegant and superior, and she is good at controlling herself. And I guess that "their" may stand for that girl's facial features. So "How pure, how dear their dwelling-place" may admire how delicate and pretty she is.
In te last stanza, it continues talking about her appearance and disposition. It said, " On that cheek, and o'er that brow, so soft, so calm, yet eloquent." "Soft" points out that she may be a tender lady, and "calm" shows her well educated. "Yet eloquent" is jusst corresponding the description of the girl in the first stanza-like the "night". Not full of life, but has its own quality- calm and serene. And "the smiles that win" may want to tell us that her smile is attractive and very easy to catch someone's eyes. But what on earth the true meaning behind the other last sentences?
Though this poem, the writer used "night", "mellow", "tenderlight", "soft", "calm", "yet eloquent", and "innocent" several words to build a general conception of the girl. It also helps us to make a picture of this girl. Howevr, one question from teh computer asked, "Does the fact that the actual lady is in mouring and is Byron's cousin...". If this suupposition is correct, then who died? Her husband? And besides cousin, do the speaker and the girl have another special relationship? If they do, then there might exist some ambiguous atmosphere between them, just like "the night". Or is ther has any explaination?
In my imagination, this girl must be a lady. According to the description of the speaker, only slow motion and elegant manner arwe matched her. But the description is very active and full of passions, actually I am not sure and agree a lot.