Personification In Lord Byron's She Walks In Beauty

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In the late 18th century, a poet was born. He was one of the greatest poets of this time, and his name was George Gordon Byron, better known as Lord Byron. One of Lord Byron’s great pieces is “She Walks In Beauty.” The short, three stanza poem is simply describing the image of a girl. Through the use of stylistic elements such as details, imagery, and syntax, Byron reveals the romantic feelings of lust and affection toward the mysterious girl. From the beginning, Lord Byron uses the element of detail in the majority of his poem, mainly to add the basis of the text. The whole poem is made up of details about the girl whom we actually don’t know much about. Even though Byron uses so much detail in the poem, it’s mostly abstract. There are little…show more content…
He used similes, personification, and sibilance to describe the view of the girl; the simile that was first noticed was in the beginning as he said,”she walks in beauty, like the night” which is openly comparing the beautiful girl to the equally beautiful night (1). There are a few touches of personification through “She Walks In Beauty.” The first example of this is when ”heaven to gaudy day denies,” in which case, heaven is being personified (6). Byron speaks of heaven as a human that has the ability to deny something, when it’s actually not a being, but a place. Heaven is a place that is known as a place where everything is right, nothing is wrong, this helps to represent the overall purpose of the poem because one of the main themes is affection and heaven is a sweet place that we need affection toward in order to get there. A different kind of imagery that is found in the poem is sibilance. The use of sibilance occurs “where thoughts serenely sweet express”(11). In this line, the author first personifies thoughts performing the act of expressing something, then in the next three words uses serenely, sweet, and express; all of these words have the gentle “s” sound that sibilance creates. There is a sense of spice in the use of sibilance as well as gentle sounds, encouraging the lust for the woman. Another example of personification is provided when Byron describes the “smiles” and “tints” that “tell of days in goodness spent”(15-16).The affection toward the girl that Byron is focusing on is reintroduced when he talks about her smile and
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