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?
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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