Byron, George Gordon. "She Walks in Beauty".
- the black-haired woman with pale skin = a clear night with the stars shining
- admires the perfect harmony of her beauty ("One shade the more, one ray the less" would already spoil the impression)
- associates the chants of her appearance with the virtue and innocence of her character
- a poem of an elaborate compliment to a lady (not necessarily a love poem)
- the poet was inspired by his meeting his beautiful young cousin in a black mourning gown brightened with spangles
- the Romantic idea of physical appearance telling about the person's character (a beautiful woman = a virtuous woman)
- the Romantic interest in the mysterious aspect (the metaphor of the night and the black colour of the lady's hair and clothes suggests a mystery)
- the Romantic interest in pain and suffering (the lady is in mourning, but is beautiful in her grief)
AuthorByron, George Gordon. (1788 - 1824).
Full Title"She Walks in Beauty".
Byron, George Gordon. "She Walks in Beauty". (1815). In: The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. NY: Norton, 1993.