An Image of Beauty
Nicholas J. Landt
March 19, 2012
An Image of Beauty
Elements of poetry can vary how a reader interprets them to be interesting an engaging. A good author envelops the reader with excellent use of literary elements. In “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron, the reader’s attention is held by superb use of rhythm, rhyme, meter, simile, and theme. The poet mixes together images of darkness and light painting a vibrant picture of loveliness. Lord Byron weaves his words in such a way that he leaves behind a clear and concise image of beauty.
Lord Byron uses rhythm, rhyme and meter to make the poem interesting and engaging. “She Walks in Beauty” is a ...view middle of the document...
He informs the reader in line 3 that she combines “the best of dark and bright” and notes that darkness and light temper each other when they meet in her raven hair. Byron's words thus turn opposites into compeers working together to celebrate beauty (Mullany & Stockwell, 2010). Lord Byron draws the reader with his use of simile. His use of contrast also creates an image of darkness and light which paints a vibrant picture of loveliness. He engages the reader by enhancing the poem with skilful use of literary devices.
The theme of “She Walks in Beauty” is a woman's exceptional internal and external loveliness. The first stanza praises her physical beauty. The second and third stanzas praise both her physical and spiritual, or intellectual beauty (Cummings, 2008). The poem uses images of light and darkness interacting to describe the wide spectrum of elements in a attractive woman’s personality and looks (Cummings, 2008). Byron claims her mind is at peace with all, and her heart is plenty of innocent love. In that sense, Byron is explaining that she is beautiful unto herself. This supports the theme that the woman’s physical beauty is a reflection of her inner beauty. Lord Byron utilizes a broad...