She Walks in Beauty Topics for Further Study
by Lord George Gordon Byron

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Topics for Further Study

(Poetry for Students)

Can a person’s spiritual goodness make them physically beautiful? Give examples of qualities you feel would make a person beautiful and explain why.

Try to draw a picture of what you imagine the woman in this poem to be like, taking care to include what details Lord Byron gives about her, but also giving your own interpretation of her beauty.

This poem is written in a very common metric scheme, iambic tetrameter. Try to find a contemporary song that you like that fits this meter and sing this poem to that music.

Find pictures of a male and female from the early nineteenth century. How have standards of beauty changed from Byron’s time to our own?

In his lifetime, Byron was notorious for his love affairs and for flaunting the conventions of society in the name of art. Read some biographical material about him, then write a paper comparing him to someone who is in the news today.