Beauty in Poetry Analytical Essay by CalDR

Beauty in Poetry
A discussion of Lord Byron's poem "She Walks in Beauty" and Christopher Marlowe's "The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships".
# 28229 | 741 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 23, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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In 1814, Lord Byron, upon seeing his cousin Lady Anne Wilmot Horton in "a mourning dress of spangled black", was so moved that by the next day he had written "She Walks in Beauty," first published in Hebrew Melodies in 1815. Similarly, more than two centuries earlier, a young, radical poet from Canterbury named Christopher Marlowe published "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" which contains a poem inspired by "The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships," namely Helen of Troy. The paper shows that as "idealized" women, Byron's cousin Anne and Marlowe's Helen stand as symbols of love in the hearts of the two authors. It examines the way the image of beauty is expressed in both poems.

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