Summary and Analysis She Walks in Beauty is an eighteen line poem written in and published in This poem is not a love poem, but a celebration of a woman's beauty. The speaker never says he is in love with the lady, but he thinks she is really beautiful. Lord Byron The poem continues the tradition of neo-classical tradition of form in poetry.
Holstad About the Author Byron's epic poem, Don Juan, addresses so many issues that it is difficult to narrow the scope of the poem to just one or two. Is the poem an attack on what was current Romantic Era ideology? Is the poem about love and romance? Is it primarily social commentary?
Is the poem a description of the Fall of Man? Could it be Byron's own attempt at self therapy? Does the poem hold to a specific world view and if so, is it inherently nihilistic or is the poem actually a moral poem endorsing traditional principles?
What, finally, is the poem about?
These questions, and more, are some of the relevant issues raised when analyzing Don Juan. Rather, the poem is a manifestation of Byron's own existential frustration - a complex masterpiece therapeutically exercising human angst and effectively addressing all of the previously mentioned issues.
And unlike the angry existential philosophers who follow him some years later, Byron's existential vision is a theistic one: Perhaps it would be best to begin this discussion by addressing the most obvious issue raised by the poem: Byron beganDon Juan literally in his "Dedication" as "a literary McGann terms them, the poets of "the Lakist School" Byron's poetic idol was Pope Bloom 1 and he felt that by attacking Pope, Byron's Romantic contemporaries "showed their neglect of the rules of propriety in verse, a neglect which carried over to the debasement of political and ethical ideas.
The decline of poetry," he felt, was "but a function of the decline of public values" McGann Byron hoped that by ridiculing his contemporaries, he could enact "a practical return to the poetic position and understanding of earlier and more traditional poets" McGann McGann remarks, "is to clarify the nature of poetry in an age where obscurity on the subject, both in theory and practice, was becoming rampant" This obscurity had "developed from the increasing emphasis upon privacy and individual talent in Romantic verse" The paradox of Byron's crusade to save the traditional form of poetry from those bent in his view on its destruction is evident when juxtaposed against the myth of Don Juan and Byron's own life.
Byron's traditional ideas on poetry, and his conservatism McGann in his attitude toward imagination appear all the more ironic when placed next to Juan's hedonistic lifestyle and Byron's rebellious nature. Satire, as employed by Byron, enables him to address serious issues throughout the poem while serving to undercut the seriousness of those same issues.
It becomes an effective vehicle for "educating" "Dedication" XVII as he entertains, and it serves as Byron's qualifying device for his theme of "appearance versus reality" Lovell This idea that things are not always what they seem is representative of both Byron's outlook and the idea that the alleged cynicism in Don Juan is but a facade covering a greater issue.
If there are some obvious external reasons for the harsh satire in the text and Byron's world viewthere are even more possible internal elements which result in the Byron vision.
Marchand's biography of Byron as referred to in Candace Tate's essay tells us that Byron's childhood was remarkably similar to Juan's.
Canto 1, then, becomes a "deliberate innovation to the traditional Don Juan myth," and in it "Byron's own oedipal problems emerge as the ultimate conflict in his psychodrama, with Juan as the protagonist of myth and psychodrama both" Tate Born in London in , the poet George Gordon Byron, or Lord Byron as we know him, spent his life collecting sensations and courting controversy.
While a student at Cambridge, for example, he kept a tame bear as a pet, taking it for walks as one would a dog. An Explication of Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty and Christopher Marlowe's The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships Anonymous Lord Byron's Poems On the afternoon of June 11, , at the home of Lady Sitwell, George Gordon, Lord Byron, upon seeing his cousin Lady Anne Wilmot Horton in "a mourning dress of spangled black" (Leung ), .
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