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She Walks In Beauty - Analysis.

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University of Cape Town Faculty of Humanities ESSAY COVER PAGE Full name: Joanna Felicity Morton Student Number: MRTJOA003 Course name: English Literary Studies Course Code: ELL113F Tutorial Tutor: Nadia Davids Tutorial Group: 24 Due Date: 22 March 2002 1. I know that plagiarism is wrong. Plagiarism is to use another's work and to pretend that it is one's own. 2. I have used the Author-date convention for citation and referencing. Each significant contribution to, and quotation in, this essay from the work, or works, of other people has been acknowledged through citation and reference. 3. This essay is my own work. 4. I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as his or her own work. 5. I have done the word processing and formatting of this assignment myself. I understand that the correct formatting is part of the mark for this assignment and that it is therefore wrong for another person to do it for me. ...read more.

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In the first stanza, the last syllables of the words "night", "skies", "bright", "eyes", "light" and "denies" have a perfect matching rhyme on their "ight" and "ies" endings. In the second stanza the words "less", "grace", "tress", "face", "express" and "place" also have a perfect rhyme on their last syllables, "ess" and "ace". In the third and last stanza the words "brow", "eloquent", "glow", "spent", "below" and "innocent" show an almost perfect rhyme scheme. On the other hand, the last stanza of the poem is an imperfect or slant rhyme, because of the slight imperfection in the syllables matching at the end. Keeping in mind that the meter is the count of the stressed felt in a poem's rhythm, "She Walks In Beauty" shows four stresses on each line, which is commonly called a tetrameter. Because the four stressed syllables on each line are preceded by an unstressed syllable, the poem is iambic. By this, it is seen that the poem is written in an iambic tetrameter form. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is clearly understood when Byron speaks of her image. Essentially, the poem is letting the reader know that imagery can reflect an emotion. The tone of voice is of a man inspired by love, admiration and physical attraction. It is also romantic in the way in which he describes her beauty. We get the feeling that this woman is innocent, well balanced and has dignity and steadiness. We are also aware of her fragile being. As said in the previous paragraph, this reflects an emotion - it shows that being frail can show enchantment and great lure. Lastly, a reference is made to a heart whose love is innocent. Perhaps Byron seeks his own innocence through her beauty. In line 17, "a mind at peace with all below" we see that the woman has accepted her husband's death, and is at peace - she is ready for her period of mourning to be over, and can continue with her life. She was a good wife, and enjoyed her life with her husband, but is now ready to move on. 1 ...read more.

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