She Walks in Beauty
by George Gordon, Lord Byron
She Walks in Beauty Appearances Quotes
How we cite our quotes: I cite by line number only in this module.
One shade the more, one ray the less, (line 7)
This line is perfectly balanced, just like the woman's beauty. There's a repeated structure, divided by a comma in the middle of the line – the comma is like a pivot point. You've got two sets of opposites ("shade" and "ray," "more" and "less") that are balanced on either side of that comma.
Which waves in every raven tress, (line 9)
No wonder he's comparing the woman to "night" instead of to "a summer's day" – this lady is a brunette, so it makes sense to compare her darker coloring to "night."