Poetry

Poetry Friday: She Walks In Beauty – Lord Byron

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I love the flow of this poem, even though it’s not easy to say aloud. It’s so very beautiful and it makes me smile every time I read it. This is one of my favourite poems because it talks about simple things like they are the most magnificent things on earth. If someone would recite this to me, they’d win me over immediately.

About the poem:

“She Walks in Beauty” is a poem written in 1813 by Lord Byron, and is one of his most famous works. It was one of several poems to be set to Jewish tunes from the synagogue by Isaac Nathan, which were published as Hebrew Melodies in 1815.

It is said to have been inspired by an event in Byron’s life; while at a ball, Byron met his cousin by marriage through John Wilmot. She was in mourning, wearing a black dress set with spangles, as in the opening lines;

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies

He was struck by her unusual beauty, and the next morning the poem was written.

– Wikipedia

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