1. SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY
S.RAM GANESH M.A., Mphil., B.Ed
Asst Prof of English(S.F)
2. The poet initiates the poem by comparing the beauty of the walk with
the shadows of the night sky and the brightness of the stars in the first
and second line (She walks in beauty, like the night/ Of cloudless climes
and starry skies).The resemblance is brought forward immediately. The
poet further scrutinizes the sight of the women and foreshadows further
similarity on her face from third line to sixth line. (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).
3. 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.
The poem continues with illustrating how perfect the women’s walk
was. The poet says that he perhaps have been sickened by the idea that if
one ray of light was included or excluded to the sight, it would have
dented the complete scene. (One ray the more, one shade the less, /Have
half impaired the nameless grace).
The poet further gyrates to her internal life and confidential thoughts.
Just by looking at the scene, the poet assumes how pure and how dear
would be the place where nameless grace’s thoughts reside
4. 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!
The poet continues to further discuss regarding the face of the
lady. The poet values the presence of shadows and the lights that
strike the face of the lady so perfectly. He admires how the shadows
along with light strike her cheeks and over her brows. He describes
the view with the adjectives soft, calm and eloquent. (And on that
cheek and o’er that brow/So soft, so calm yet so eloquent). He
further illustrates a silent expression by the describing her entire
face keeping her lips, brows and cheeks under the spotlight.
What is “Alliteration”? Alliteration is the recurrence
of the identical reverberation or correspondence at the
commencement of each or the majority of the
expressions in a stretch. Reiterate the beginning
epistle of the expressions is the simplest and easiest
technique to utilize alliteration. Alliteration is found
repeatedly in “She Walks in Beauty” to improve the
demand of the poem.
6. A simile is a figure of speech used to compare two
things through the explicit use of connecting words
such as like, so, than etc. Similes used by Byron in “She
Walks in Beauty” are an extended comparison of
comparing beauty of a woman with the night
sky. “Like the night” compares the poems subject
with the night.
Line six of the poem “She Walks in Beauty” is a
personification integrated by Byron.
“Which heaven to gaudy day denies”
Byron gave heaven individual emotions or qualities.
A metaphor is used to make comparison between two
objects by excluding a simile.
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear there dwelling place.
Lines 11 and 12 in “She Walks in Beauty” are a
metaphor. These particular lines in the short
lyrichighlight the clarity of thought Mrs. Wilmot
9. Rhyme Scheme
All the conclusion rhymes of the poem
‘She Walks in Beauty”
are manly or masculine. Rhyme
scheme of 1-6 lines is ABABAB, rhyme
scheme of 7-12 lines is CDCDCD and
rhyme scheme of 13-18 lines is EFEFEF.