She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon) 1788–1824 Lord Byron (George Gordon)
She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!

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Poet Lord Byron (George Gordon) 1788–1824

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Love, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love

Occasions Engagement, Anniversary

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Alliteration, Rhymed Stanza, Consonance

 Lord  Byron (George Gordon)

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The most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, George Gordon, Lord Byron, was likewise the most fashionable poet of the day. He created an immensely popular Romantic hero—defiant, melancholy, haunted by secret guilt—for which, to many, he seemed the model. He is also a Romantic paradox: a leader of the era’s poetic revolution, he named Alexander Pope as his master; a worshiper of the ideal, he never lost touch with . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Alliteration, Rhymed Stanza, Consonance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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