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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 captured in the second stanza when Byron writes, "For the sword outwears its sheath/And the soul wears out the breast/And the heart must pause to breathe/And love itself have rest."

These two poems contrast each other in tone, as the attitude in "She Walks in Beauty" lovingly and passionately instills positive emotions in the reader. The repeating `s' sound in the alliteration of "serenely sweet express" help express the pleasant nature of the poem. "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" is more somber and depressing, and makes the reader question whether everlasting love can ever actually be obtained. 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...

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