"She Walks In Beauty" by Lord Byron

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She Walks In Beauty by Lord ByronShe walks in beauty, like the nightOf cloudless climes and starry skies;And all that's best of dark and brightMeet in her aspect and her eyes:Thus mellowed to that tender lightWhich heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,Had half impaired the nameless graceWhich waves in every raven tress,Or softly lightens o'er her face;Where thoughts serenely sweet expressHow 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!"She walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron expresses the blindness of love through the tender murmurings of a man possessed by his affection for a lady. The man is utterly lost in his adoration, almost coming to the point of worshipping her as a goddess.

In essence, Byron is comparing her with the beauties of the natural world when he states "She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies."-accentuating the level of his infatuation as he describes her through a simile, also applying deification as she has been granted god-like qualities. Byron portrays her as a woman who may be identified with the heavens as he worships her through his overblown language. He is gripped by his love and appears to be viewing the woman through "rose-tinted glasses" ascertaining her utter perfection as he is totally swept away by his intense feelings towards her. She possesses "all that's best of dark and bright", symbolizing her dual nature as a woman of varying temperaments. Her differing temper is in fact portrayed as a positive aspect of her personality as a polite understatement describes it...