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The one thing that almost all literary works ever written have in common is the portrayal of some kind of theme Most all authors whether you expect them to or not try to covey one or more ideas about life to their readers Some authors have very broad general themes and leave it up to the reader to infer an exact meaning and apply them to their own life Other authors like most Romantic Age poets have a specific idea about life or nature that they want the reader see in their work George Gordon Lord Byron is one such poet and this paper will address three of his major works When We Two Parted She Walks in Beauty and So Well Go No More A-Roving This paper will dissect each poem piece by piece to discover elements of theme It will also covey the large role that poetic devices have in exposing theme in romantic poetry Poetic devices are important tools that romantic poets use wisely carefully and appropriately In Byrons poem When We Two Parted the theme is that it can difficult to find out a startling and unexpected secret about a close person or loved one This poem is a lyric which means it is about a personal topic or expresses the poets emotions This adds emotion to the poem which in turn adds to its romantic characteristics This poem has many vague lines and an unclear plot but Byron starts out by saying that he has parted with this woman and it has half broken his heart By this statement it can be assumed that leaving her has broken his heart but has given him a sense of satisfaction maybe even a moral boost Byron uses imagery by saying Pale grew the cheek and cold Colder thy kiss He uses cold to mean untrue and impure emotionally That same line is also inversion Inverting the line puts emphasis on the
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