Poetry of Lord Byron

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Poetry of Lord Byron

Lord George Gordon Noel Byron, whose poetry for many readers conveys the essence of the Romantic Movement in literature and showed great versatility in his writings. He shows several ways of writing with poems like "When We Two Parted", "She Walks in Beauty", and "Stanzas for Music". Different rhymes and approaches are used in each of these poems. Also themes of Love and Beauty are evident in all the poems showing the voice of Lord Byron and resemble the type of poetry he made.

In "When We Two Parted" (1815) Byron uses straightforward rhyme and short lines to express strong emotions of love and regret. In line three he states "Half broken-hearted", which is straightforward with not hidden meanings. This continues though out the poem and never fails. He also uses short lines to express strong feelings. Some phrases he uses to show these feelings are "How should I greet thee? -- With silence and tears."

and "The dew of the morning Sunk chill on my brow".

"When We Two Parted"


When we two parted

In silence and tears,

Half broken-hearted

To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

Colder thy kiss;

Truly that hour foretold

Sorrow to this.


The dew of the morning

Sunk chill on my brow--

It felt like the warning

Of what I feel now.

Thy vows are all broken,

And light is thy fame;

I hear thy name spoken,

And share in its shame.


They name thee before me,

A knell to mine ear;

A shudder comes o'er me--

Why wert thou so dear?

They know not I knew thee,

Who knew thee so well--

Long, long I shall rue thee,

Too deeply to tell.


In secret we met--

In silence I grieve,