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m2a | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2009 at 1:35 PM via web

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How does Byron use techniques such as simile, comparisons and alliteration to impact stanza one in the poem "She Walks In Beauty"?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Poets use poetic techniques such as similes, metaphors and alliteration to increase the depth, profundity, mood and tone of the piece.  Let's take a look at the first stanza that you have mentioned, and see how those devices have an impact.  The very first line contains a simile (comparing two things using "like" or "as"):  "She walks in beauty like the night".  Byron then goes on to expand on that simile, saying, that like the night, her eyes have "all that's best of dark and bright", referring to the beauty of the dark skies, and the light of the stars.  Using a simile here greatly increases the depth of what Byron is saying.  He could've just said, "She sure is pretty" but instead compares her beauty to the vast and eternal sky; that says so much more.

The alliteration in the first stanza adds a serene, rhythmic feel to the poem.  Using "cloudless climes" and "starry skies" gives the poem a soothing, melodic, lyrical quality to the poem, increasing its beauty. Both of these techniques enhance the impact, the beauty and efficacy of the poem.

 

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