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;
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?