This is the poem that inspired me to write I remember it as a kid, being amazed at how words can come together to create something so beautiful and perfect that reading it puts a smile on your face.
I cannot think of another piece that comes close to celebrating the beauty of a woman in so many words.The poet starts by admiring her physical aspects and goes on to compliment the inner goodness that reflects on her countenance; making her all the more alluring.
It is believed that Byron wrote this after a brief encounter with Mrs Anne Beatrix Wilmont the wife of his cousin, Sir Robert Wilmot at a Ball in the London home of Lady Sitwell.
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
I hope you enjoyed reading this, let me know what got you hooked on to Poetry 📜