Analysis of Lord Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty'

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Many of Byron's works are reflective of the dualities found in his persona, which can be seen in his poem, "She Walks In Beauty." "She Walks In Beauty" reflects Byron's persona through the use of duality, imagery, and the poem's content.
Byron (1814) was inspired to write "She Walks In Beauty" after meeting his cousin by marriage, Mrs. Robert John Wilmot, who was wearing a black mourning gown decorated with spangles when they first met (The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 1993, p. 484). The content of the poem is interesting because of the restraint Byron appears to show. Byron (1814) was notorious for the various love affairs he was engaged in and "She Walks In Beauty" is refreshing because he aims to preserve his beloved's innocence.
Byron (1814) uses dualities to create balance in the poem. These dualities are evident in the first lines of the poem was Byron (1814) writes, "She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies" (lines 1-2). Byron contrasts "cloudless climes and starry skies," which insinuates that the skies are empty, but at the same time, they are not. This type of imagery and duality is also evident in the way Byron (1814) describes Mrs. Wilmot's dress. Byron (1814) writes, "And all that's best of dark and bright/Meet in her aspect and her eyes:/Thus mellow'd to that tender light/Which heaven to gaudy day denies" (lines…