Now, a Literary Moment...
"She Walks in Beauty" by George Gordon, Lord Byron
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;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
This poem was read by Poetry Out Loud Oklahoma State champion Alexzandria Ward.
This Literary Moment was created by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Literary Moment was created by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation contest for high school students, visit poetryoutloud.org
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