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by Lord George Gordon Byron

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Byron's moral reputation left a great deal to be desired. Why is this ironic when compared to the final 3 lines of "She Walks in Beauty"?

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I like the assertion being made in the question.  It is very insightful.  When Byron was described as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," it is something that can be seen in stark juxtaposition to what is offered in the poem's concluding sentiments.  The interesting thing is that while Byron himself was one of these individuals who was far from being "at peace" with anything.  The type of lifestyle where moral impurity was present was seen as almost part of the "package" with Byron.  Yet, he seems to be making an assertion of not only physical beauty with the closing lines of the poem, but one of moral purity and a sense of ethical conduct that is above reproach.  If one were sympathetic to Byron, perhaps the closing lines are a desperate plead to hope for something that is not...

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