She Walks in Beauty
by George Gordon, Lord Byron
She Walks in Beauty Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: I cite by line number only in this module.
She walks in beauty, (line 1)
The woman's beauty is related to her movement from the beginning – part of what makes her beautiful is her dynamism and life. She's not just a portrait on a wall, she's a living, breathing, "walk[ing]" person.
Meet in her aspect and her eyes: (line 4)
So the woman's beauty has as much to do with her entire "aspect," or overall appearance and expression, as it does with any one feature. The whole package is lovely.
Which waves in every raven tress, (line 9)
The whole "aspect" might be gorgeous, but that doesn't mean the speaker doesn't want to linger admiringly over each individual feature. It's also important to remember that traditional, conventional standards of beauty at the time held that blondes were the pinnacle of hotness. So Byron's praise of a brunette here actually flouts traditional standards of beauty.