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

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Why does the poet use the imagery of light and color to describe the subject in "She Walks in Beauty"? What effect does this create on the reader?

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The subject's extraordinary beauty is the product of a harmonious synthesis of darkness and light. In the first stanza, her beauty is compared to the night: "the night / Of cloudless climes and starry skies." Yet through her eyes, she also gives off a powerful inner light—the light of a beautiful soul. In the harmony of darkness and light, we see a harmonious balance between body and soul.

It is in this perfect balance between darkness and light, between body and soul, that the lady's...

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