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Please identify the literary terms in the poem "She Walks in Beauty."

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rozh | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM via web

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Please identify the literary terms in the poem "She Walks in Beauty."

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Byron incorporates several different types of figurative language in his famous poem "She Walks in Beauty." 

Simile:  A simile compares to things, using 'like' or 'as'.  "Like the night" compares the poem's subject to the night.  Byron's simile sets up the extended comparison of comparing the lovely woman to the night sky.

Alliteration:  Alliteration occurs when the writer uses repetetive consonant sounds at the beginning of each word in a phrase.  In the second line, "Like cloudless climes and starry skies," Byron uses the words that start with the same sound.

Personification:  Byron incorporates personification in line six, 
"which heaven to gaudy day denies," by giving heaven human qualities or emotions.  Heaven or the sky would not really judge the day or deny it based on its gaudiness.

Metaphor:  Metaphor is used when the author makes a comparison between two objects without using like or as.  Lines 11 and 12 in the poem compare the woman's mind to a dwelling place:

Where thoughts serenely express

How pure, how dear, their dwelling place. 

These lines emphasize the purity of the lady's mind, and also personify the intent of the thoughts.


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