What would be a good question for my essay on "She Walks in Beauty"?
A very good question to explore in relation to this poem is how this text presents the female that it is dedicated to. It is clear from the adjectives and description that Bryon uses that he is talking about a woman who seems almost perfect in her beauty and character, and this has led some critics to argue that Byron is actually describing Eve in her innocence before the Fall. Note, for example, the last three lines of the poem:
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
The image of a life spent in nothing else but "goodness" and the woman having "a mind at peace" or in harmony with all creatures and a heart that is defined above all else by its "innocence" clearly indicates the way Byron is presenting the object of this poem as a paragon of female virture. A great question would therefore be something like: "Discuss the presentation of the female that this poem is about." This would allow you to pick out the description and explore how she is characterised.
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