I need a thesis statement for "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron.

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The poem, "She Walks in Beauty," by Lord Byron praises the beautiful woman that is the subject of the poem. It is believed that Byron himself may be the narrator, and that he is writing about his cousin by marriage, who is dressed in mourning.

The woman is beautiful, like a cloudless night filled with stars, and a rival to the beauty of the day, which seems gaudy when compared to her. She is graceful, too. Byron makes note of the "raven tresses" that frame her face. He also describes that her thoughts are "sweetly" manifested, on a pure and dear face.

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

Byron goes on to say that she is well-spoken (eloquent), calm and soft. Her smile is genuine and winning. However, Byron provides even more valuable characteristics of this woman that exist beneath her outward appearance. Her smile indicates that under her beautiful exterior, there is an inner beauty: she has spent her days performing acts of goodness, she has at peaceful with the world, and within, her heart is unblemished—her love is innocent.

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!
With all of this said, if I were to write a thesis statement, I would concentrate on Byron's praise not only of this woman's outward beauty, but of the beauty that dwells within as well. For she is not only gorgeous to look at, but that which makes up her personality and the characterization of how she interacts with the world is just as lovely. Outward beauty is passing, but inner beauty is timeless.
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