Innocent Love and Serenity
The speaker never says that he's in love with the woman he describes, but you might very well suspect that he has the hots for her – after all, he goes on and on about how gorgeous she is. But the final line of the poem seems to be an attempt to dispel the reader's suspicions: he insists that her "love," at least, is "innocent." He describes her personality almost as much as her exterior beauty, by the end.
- Line 11: The sibilance, or repeated s sound, in this line ("thoughts serenely sweet express") create the kind of smooth, soothing, "serene" feeling that the line describes.
- Line 12: Byron uses a metaphor to describe the woman's mind: he says that it is the "dwelling place" of her thoughts.
- Line 18: It's a common poetic convention – almost a cliché – to talk about a person's "heart" feeling a certain way. But if you think about it, it's also a synecdoche: the "heart" is only a part of the whole person, and a synecdoche is when you substitute a part for the whole.