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1 Romantic poetry She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron(George Gordon)
Aliaya , Davis, and Jaleel

2 Background Went by two names: Lord Byron and George Gordon
Was the son Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon Was Born with a club foot Had a very poor childhood Had bisexual love affairs which put him in major debt Did many form s of writing Used poetry and satire in his works One of his early famous satirical works was “English Bards And Scotch Reviewers“

3 Journal If you saw someone who was strikingly beautiful would you attempt to approach them? Why or Why not

4 Background on poem Was wrote in 1814 but published in 1815
Was written about a very beautiful women that he saw at a party. The lady was the wife of Byron’s first cousin Her name was Anne Beatrix Wilmot

5 Type of poem The rhyme scheme in this poem is ABABAB
It is written in lambic Tetrameter "Iambic" refers to the pattern of stresses in the line. An "iamb" is an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable: da-DUM. "Tetrameter" means that there are four ("tetra") iambs in the line: da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM. (

6 Poem summary Stanza one – 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. Basically just saying that she is beautiful Night in a place where there are no clouds Contrast between light and dark “ dark” and “ light” come together in this woman “aspect” ; facial appearance or overall appearance, dark eyes that seem to sparkle toned down thinking about starlight or moonlight

7 Poem summary continued
Stanza two- 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. If you added more shade or took away a ray of light everything would be messed up Partially damage the woman’s beauty It’s hard to define what makes her so graceful her black hair lightens up her face What thoughts are going on in her head Her mind is innocent

8 Poem summary continued
Stanza 3- 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! She blushes; “ brow” is forehead She doesn’t joke around; lovely and regal type Her face is very expressive even when she doesn’t say much out loud The woman has done good deeds Reflect the calmness in her mind That she is not in love anymore or that this is not a sexual love

9 Poem theme and main idea
Woman and Femininity- the woman never gets to speak for herself. Instead the speaker is breaking down her appearance and focuses on her hair, skin, and eyes as she walks. The speaker says that he can guess what she is thinking based on her smiles and blushes. Awe and Amazement- the way that the unnamed woman is described it seems as if the speaker is worshipping her. The speaker compares her beauty to something that seems supernatural.

10 Author’s tone Soft and calm Complimentary Awestruck

11 Various elements of poetry
Simile – “She walks in beauty, like the night” Personification- When he describes day as being gaudy and denying her beauty. Alliteration- “ Which heaven gaudy day denies” and “ Where thoughts serenely sweet express” ABABAB- first stanza CDCDCD- second stanza EFEFEF- third stanza Anastrophe- “ or softly lightens o’er her face”

12 Why is this a romantic poem ?
Characterized by emotion, pastoral scenes, and subjectivity Heavy use of imagery and word use to convey emotions

13 Real World Connection Relates to the universal theme beauty

14 Group Opinion Overall, our group enjoyed the poem and we loved learning about it.

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