Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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;
--Lord Byron

This may be my favorite bit of poetry ever (it's definitely in the top two; Shakespeare's 116th Sonnet is its rival). I love everything about it, even the background (Byron met a woman at a party -- Anne Beatrix Wilmot, the wife of one of his cousins -- and her beauty inspired him to write this). I love that while this snippet refers to her physical beauty the rest of the poem goes on to praise her spiritual or intellectual beauty as well. I love that he compares her to a night sky -- it's perfect after you read it, but it's not a comparison that one would necessarily leap to at first. I love it because I'm such a night person -- to me the night is always more beautiful than the day because there is a layer of mystery overlaying everything. And I love it, finally, because it appeals to the romantic girl inside of me. Can you imagine being the inspiration for anything as wonderful as this?

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