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Explication of Lord Byrons She Walks In Beauty Lord George Gordon Noel Byron or Lord Byron as he preferred to be called was a known philanderer with an insatiable appetite In letters to Percy Shelley he told of short-lived romances with women he claimed did not understand the wants and needs of men One of these women was Lady Caroline Lamb who he found only physically attractive and soon grew tired of her because she was ridiculously overpassionate Later in his life he took to referring to such women as Carolinish In his twenties there were rumors that Lord Byron went as far as courting his sister over a period of several years because she seemed to truly understand him but the affair ended as those rumors continued to spread In his poem She Walks In Beauty Lord Byron describes what he thinks to be the perfect woman The rhyming meter and sound devices give the poem a melodious and gentle tone This tone suggests the tender nature of this enchanting woman and gives the reader a sense of consistency that allows them to focus more on the woman than the wording of the poem The alternating rhyme scheme in all three sestets gives the poem its consistent tone She walks in beauty like the night 1 rhyming with And all thats best of dark and bright 3 makes the poem easier to remember and pleasing to the readers eyes and ears The iambic tetrameter when read aloud guides the reader along in such a way that the poem maintains a smooth and graceful sound Of cloudless climes and starry skies 2 is more pleasant when read with the proper accents than if it were read without its proper meter The alliteration also contributes to the smooth and melodious sound in the poem Serenely sweet 11 Cloudless climes 2 and Day denies 6 contribute to the gentle and consistent tone thus allowing the reader
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