Friday, 31 May 2013

Poetry Reads: She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron


This poem by George Gordon Noel Byron (Lord Byron) was written in 1814. The poem was inspired by his cousin, Mrs. John Wilmot who was in mourning at the time they met. Her beauty has been compared to the gaudiness of the day and in the last stanza he summarizes a person with depth, innocence and beauty.

This poem is considered as one of Byron's most popular poems.

She Walks in Beauty 
by Lord Byron

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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(Article by Kabita Sonowal)

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