Lord Byron's Poem, She Walks in Beauty

Written by Garry Gamber

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“She Walks in Beauty”

In June, 1814, several months before he met and married his first wife, Anna Milbanke, Lord Byron attended a party at Lady Sitwell’s. While atrepparttar party, Lord Byron was inspired byrepparttar 141260 sight of his cousin,repparttar 141261 beautiful Mrs. Wilmot, who was wearing a black spangled mourning dress. Lord Byron was struck by his cousin’s dark hair and fair face,repparttar 141262 mingling of various lights and shades. This becamerepparttar 141263 essence of his poem about her.

According to his friend, James W. Webster, “I did take him to Lady Sitwell’s party in Seymour Road. He there forrepparttar 141264 first time saw his cousin,repparttar 141265 beautiful Mrs. Wilmot. When we returned to his rooms in Albany, he said little, but desired Fletcher to give him a tumbler of brandy, which he drank at one to Mrs. Wilmot’s health, then retired to rest, and was, I heard afterwards, in a sad state all night. The next day he wrote those charming lines upon her—She walks in Beauty likerepparttar 141266 Night…”

The poem was published in 1815. Also in that year Lord Byron wrote a number of songs to be set to traditional Jewish tunes by Isaac Nathan. Lord Byron included “She Walks in Beauty” with those poems.

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, likerepparttar 141267 night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shaderepparttar 141268 more, one rayrepparttar 141269 less,
Had half impair'drepparttar 141270 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,repparttar 141271 tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Discussion ofrepparttar 141272 Poem

The first couple of lines can be confusing if not read properly. Too often readers stop atrepparttar 141273 end ofrepparttar 141274 first line where there is no punctuation. This is an enjambed line, meaning that it continues without pause ontorepparttar 141275 second line. That she walks in beauty likerepparttar 141276 night may not make sense as night represents darkness. However, asrepparttar 141277 line continues,repparttar 141278 night is a cloudless one with bright stars to create a beautiful mellow glow. The first two lines bring togetherrepparttar 141279 opposing qualities of darkness and light that are at play throughoutrepparttar 141280 three verses.

The remaining lines ofrepparttar 141281 first verse employ another set of enjambed lines that tell us that her face and eyes combine all that’s best of dark and bright. No mention is made here or elsewhere inrepparttar 141282 poem of any other physical features ofrepparttar 141283 lady. The focus ofrepparttar 141284 vision is uponrepparttar 141285 details ofrepparttar 141286 lady’s face and eyes which reflectrepparttar 141287 mellowed and tender light. She has a remarkable quality of being able to containrepparttar 141288 opposites of dark and bright.

The third and fourth lines are not only enjambed, butrepparttar 141289 fourth line begins with an irregularity inrepparttar 141290 meter called a metrical substitution. The fourth line starts with an accented syllable followed by an unaccented one, rather thanrepparttar 141291 iambic meter ofrepparttar 141292 other lines, an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one. The result is thatrepparttar 141293 word “Meet” receives attention, an emphasis. The lady’s unique feature is that opposites “meet” in her in a wonderful way.

The second verse tells us thatrepparttar 141294 glow ofrepparttar 141295 lady’s face is nearly perfect. The shades and rays are in justrepparttar 141296 right proportion, and because they are,repparttar 141297 lady possesses a nameless grace. This conveysrepparttar 141298 romantic idea that her inner beauty is mirrored by her outer beauty. Her thoughts are serene and sweet. She is pure and dear.

The last verse is split between three lines of physical description and three lines that describerepparttar 141299 lady’s moral character. Here soft, calm glow reflects a life of peace and goodness. This is a repetition, an emphasis, ofrepparttar 141300 theme thatrepparttar 141301 lady’s physical beauty is a reflection of her inner beauty.

Lord Byron greatly admired his cousin’s serene qualities on that particular night and he has left us with an inspired poem.

The poem was written shortly before Lord Byron’s marriage to Anna Milbanke and published shortly afterrepparttar 141302 marriage.

Garry Gamber is a public school teacher and entrepreneur. He writes articles about real estate, politics, health and nutrition, and internet dating services. He is the owner of http://www.Anchorage-Homes.com and http://www.TheDatingAdvisor.com.

A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Novel

Written by Rachelle Arlin Credo

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Next, make sure you are able to retain your daydreaming and concentration as one event goes after another. This state is now calledrepparttar "alpha state". According to Judith Tramayne-Barth, this isrepparttar 141259 place between consciousness and sleep. Time stands still when you are in this state. Words keep coming to you until you start to feel pain in your legs and in your waist and then you suddenly flick consciousness and you become flabbergasted because you've not only written one or two pages but five or more without even knowing it!

The next key would be to practice flipping in and out ofrepparttar 141260 "alpha state". You can do this by rereading what you've written and internalizing it as if it was your first time. It might take you time, as much as hours or even days before you are able to go to your "alpha state" again but once you're adept at going intorepparttar 141261 zone, it would only be a matter of minutes before you start writing a new dialogue.

So, you've finished your story! Now it's time to dorepparttar 141262 final touch-ups. There is still one last thing that you need to do. Yea, you guessed it. You need to checkrepparttar 141263 entire story again for spelling, punctuations, grammar, correct word usage and coherence. You might even need to revise it a few times before you are able to arrive withrepparttar 141264 final output. But don't fret, it's not much work really compared to writingrepparttar 141265 entire novel. What's important is you now have your own novel, written by yourself, using your very own imagination. How much more proud could you get?

Rachelle Arlin Credo is a 21-year old entrepreneur and part-time writer. Formerly a contributing scribe to The Freeman and Sunstar Daily - Philippines, she writes short stories, poems, essays, and articles for Writers.net, ezinearticles.com, Ideamarketers.com, LovingYou.com, and Poetrykafe.com. You can check her web blogs at http://xyresh.bravehost.com.

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