Essay about Similarities and Differences in Lord Byron's Poems

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The power of love and emotion is evident in Lord Byron's poems, "She Walks in Beauty" and "So We'll Go No More A-Roving." Because of their consecutive placement in the book, "She Walks in Beauty" and "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" tell a story of a relationship. In the first poem, "She Walks in Beauty," the speaker glimpses a beautiful woman who reminds him of "the night" and "starry skies." Throughout the piece, the speaker is fascinated by her beautiful facial features. The last stanza summarizes this beautifully when he comments on her "eloquent" characteristics. In the last half of the story, "So We'll Go No More A-Roving," however, the speaker is losing the sparks of passion that he once had for his lover. This is largely…show more content…
Yet again, the second stanza portrays this perfectly by saying that everything that once was good must come to an end. Although these poems have conflicting themes, they mutually share an appreciation of nature, specifically the night. In "She Walks in Beauty," the speaker is associating the qualities of a woman to the qualities of a night sky. This simile is introduced instantly in the first line, "She walks in beauty like the night." By doing so, Byron alludes to the comparisons that occur during the remainder of the poem. This leaves the reader wondering how the woman can compare to the night and forces him/her to continue reading. "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" also has the night play a key visual aspect. Byron begins and ends the poem by speaking of the bright moon. The poem, "She Walks in Beauty," plays with the opposing forces dark and light. Immediately the poem begins by the speaker saying that "the best of dark and bright meet" in the woman's eyes. Additionally, the words "shade" and "ray" in the first line of the second stanza make the reader think of dark and bright. Further into that stanza, once again, the opposites are combined when her "every raven tress...softly lightens o'er her face." "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" also plays with the contrast of both dark and light. The poem takes place
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