The poem compliments and attempts to convey the beauty of a certain woman. The speaker compares this woman to a beautiful night with a bright starry sky, and she is described as a harmonic "union" of darkness and light. These words were chosen by Walt Whitman because they perfectly describe Emily Dickinson at age 30.
Whitman also used these words to describe other women he found beautiful, such as Susan Gray who was married to a friend of his. She was a nurse who took care of many wounded soldiers after the battle of Gettysburg. He wrote about her in a poem called "Emily Dickinson and Others Whose Names Were Used By Whitman As He Composed His Poems".
This shows that others besides Whitman thought this woman was beautiful too. Even though she was already dead when this poem was written about six years after her birth, it still makes her memory live on.
Dickinson used her influence over Whitman to get some of her own poems published. She wanted him to publish poems he had written about other women so they could be seen by more people, but he refused.
The speaker compares the beauty of the woman to the splendor of the night. He compares her attractiveness to "cloudless climes and starry sky," highlighting the purity and brightness of her beauty. The poem is divided into three stanzas of six lines each.
Stanza 1: She is beautiful, he says, like heaven's own scene. He compares her face to "a picture taken from heaven's own scene." This line also serves as a transition to Stanzas 2 and 3.
Stanza 2: Such eyes could only come from heaven; Such lips must have their source in heaven too. This part of the poem describes the woman's facial features in great detail.
Stanza 3: Her hair is like gold, her skin is like milk, her smile is like lightning. These are all characteristics of someone who is very beautiful. He ends the poem by saying that she is beyond comparison.
Byron uses poetic language to describe the woman's beauty. He uses imagery related to nature to do so. Then he compares her features to those of angels or gods to emphasize how incredible she is. Finally, he declares her to be without comparison.
The poem rapidly shows the source of such beauty: the woman's physical appearance combines "everything that's finest of dark and brilliant." This implies that beauty is a balance of opposing elements—darkness and brightness. Since darkness and brightness are relative terms, this means that women's beauty can never be fully expressed through one single attribute. It must include several fine qualities rather than just one or two defects.
The poet also reveals that beauty is more than skin deep when he writes that "a heart as fair as her's is a heart of gold." In other words, looks can be deceiving. A beautiful soul goes with a beautiful body. Such a woman will always attract men's attention whether she wants to or not.
Finally, the poet asserts that beauty is a gift from God when he writes "She is gowned in white as pure as snow/Her eyes like stars shine bright" (13). God created both men and women, but only women are beautiful. Men have bodies, but they cannot walk around looking pretty all the time. Only women have faces that can blush and tears that can fall. Only women have hearts that can feel love and pain. God gave us different roles so that we could fulfill different duties.
The speaker describes a woman who is beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside. Although it is often considered as a love poem, the author never expresses his affection. He focuses on the subject's enthralling beauty and purity.
Love can be seen everywhere in Keats' "She Walks in Beauty". But what does the poet want to express with this stanza? Does he want to present his love for someone else? No, he doesn't. Keats only wants to praise one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen. That's why he uses adjectives to describe her skin tone, eyes, and hair. He also uses metaphors to show how much she means to him. She is like a nightingale with heart-shaped face. She sings so sweetly that she attracts everyone around her.
This poem was written when Keats was studying at University of Oxford. It was first published in 1820 in a book called "Endymion: A Poetic Romance". This romance was inspired by a Greek myth about two lovers who became enamored with each other's shadows during a moonlit walk. Endymion eventually married his own shadow. Keats wanted to create his own version of this story and use it as a vehicle to express his love for a woman he calls "My Love".