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by Lord George Gordon Byron

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

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The American-English poet, T. S. Eliot, once wrote of Byron's poetry that it was "nothing but sonorous affirmations of the commonplace with no depth of significance." In other words, T. S. Eliot thought that Byron's poetry gave the impression of being profound and meaningful but was really rather clichéd and superficial. This might serve as an interesting thesis statement for an essay about "She Walks in Beauty." Indeed, in this poem, Byron is proposing that the woman is beautiful and perfect, and that her beauty suggests a good mind and a good heart beneath. He is saying this, and, arguably, little if anything more.

A second potential source for an interesting thesis statement is the nineteenth-century English poet Matthew Arnold. He once said that Byron had "no fine and exact sense for word and structure and rhythm." This view might provide the basis for an interesting thesis statement, in the light of which it might be interesting to explore the language, structure and rhythm of the...

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