She Walks in Beauty Questions and Answers
by Lord George Gordon Byron

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She Walks In Beauty Theme

What is the theme of "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron? What is the summary? Explain the summary line by line or by stanza.

Beauty is the primary theme of "She Walks in Beauty." For Lord Byron, beauty takes many forms, including the "tender light" of the woman's glowing features, the eloquence of her speech, and the purity of her love. Her inner beauty only enhances her outer beauty, making her the perfect woman in Byron's eyes.

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The primary theme of "She Walks in Beauty" is the perfect beauty and goodness of an idealized woman. Byron makes no attempt to give his subject any individuality, instead making her universal, so that any man in love can see his inamorata in the poem.

In the first stanza, Byron compares the beauty of his beloved to "the night / Of cloudless climes and starry skies." The vagueness of this comparison is central to the poem's technique. The night sky has no bearing on the woman's physical appearance. She resembles it only in being perfect and infinitely romantic. Again, the assertion that her appearance reflects "all that's best of dark and bright" is a claim to perfection, which is only intensified by the idea that she is not merely, in the words of the common phrase, "as beautiful as the day," but more beautiful than any "gaudy day."

The second stanza continues with the theme of perfection, saying that the slightest amendment to the appearance of the subject would impair her beauty. The...

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