90. Poetry- Journal Exercise Romantic Poetry
1. Discuss how your chosen poem an example of Romantic poetry. How is your chosen poem typical of Romantic poetry? What themes make your chosen poem an example of Romantic poetry? Is the language used significant in relation to Romantic poetry? What are the romantic values that are supported by your chosen poem and what is the vehicle(s) in the poem (ie., subject, images, metaphors, ideas etc.) used to convey those values.
2. Discuss the form (syntax, stressed syllables, type of language used — ie, simple, arcane, etc.,) in relation to the poems overall meaning—how is the form a part of the overall meaning, you make, of the poem.
She Walks in Beauty
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!
BY Lord Byron (George Gordon)