George Gordon Byron

(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824 / London, England)

She Walks In Beauty


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.

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.

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!

Submitted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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  • Rookie - 365 Points Giorgio Veneto (9/19/2014 2:46:00 PM)

    The most well known poem by Byron, expresses his admiration and manly feelings towards a enchanting, beautiful maid. The poem is warm and metrically almost immaculate, following the Iambic tetrameter form, containing one flaw: On S1L6, Byron uses nine syllables instead of eight, and the Iambic meter is warped: - Which Heaven to gaudy day denies. - If we wanted to correct this line we would write - Which Heav'n to gaudy day denies - OR - which Paradise this day denies - Very good poem; Byron was an aristocrat and great classic, who, unfortunately, died young, at the age of 33. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 74 Points David Wood (9/7/2013 3:27:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem. Lord Byron is so under rated on this site. He should be up there with Keats and Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,275 Points Liam Gilchrist (6/23/2012 6:58:00 PM)

    Why are all of Byron's works so poorly rated on this site? Ridiculous. This is a magnificent poem. (Report) Reply

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