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Why She Walks 1 Love and infatuation have been very popular topics in poetry for hundreds of years Poets have tried to express their feelings in poetry by using various techniques and poetic language such as similes symbols and imagery One poem that does an excellent job of conveying the feeling of love is She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron Byron is a poet of the romantic age which is often characterized by the subject matter of the poems Like many other Romantic poets Byron concentrates on an individual object or person In She Walks in Beauty the speaker express the love he has for a certain woman The poem concentrates directly on this woman and lifts her up above all others showing that the speaker only cares for her In order to show that the speaker is deeply in love with this one Byron uses several similes to compare her to the beauty of nature which is another characteristic of Romantic poets The first two lines of the poem read She walks in beauty like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies This simile implies that the womans beauty is as clear and she shines like bright stars in the night The poem then goes on to say Which Heaven to gaudy day denies which indicates that the speaker compares the woman to Heaven Also gaudy day denies means that she is no way dreary cold or unsightly The statement of being the opposite of a gaudy day is a reinforcement of her beauty being like a starry sky As the poem goes on Byron uses symbolism to describe more of the womans beauty Byron writes One shade the more one ray the less Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress These three lines indicate that it is becoming night because the sun is going down its rays are becoming
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