Mohammed Hasanul Abedin Rafi Rafi 01
The theme of a Woman’s beauty and characters shown in these two poems, “She walks in beauty” by Lord Byron and “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. The first poem focuses on the outer and inner beauty of women by not concentrate on the superficial lasting love instead concentrate on the death toward making someone beautiful being. The second Poem concentrates On a story of a mother and a daughter speaking, The mother gives beneficial and negative information to the girl and what she should do and what she should not be doing to keep her reputation high. Both Poem shares a theme of beauty and describes how a woman shows her beauty and How she keeps her reputation in the society.
On the First poem, She walks in beauty by Lord Byron. This poem is in ” ABABAB” rhyme scheme and it shows that it is written in iambic tetrameter- associated with simplicity and found in hymns. The meter shows the purity of intent and that is such a pure and innocent massage. In the first stanza repetition from the title, signals focus on her.Contrast to what we may expect the simile to the bright.Romantics viewed beauty in relation to its nature. Alliteration makes the image seem stunning And her beauty contrast daylight. Simple inner perfection that produces the beauty of nature itself and
light + dark impress each other. In the second stanza, and that her beauty in perfection she has a lightning countenance too and Nameless words cannot match her quality yet poet still tries to. Pun grace can be seen on her face and Dark hair connects her to darkness. Concentration on her inner beauty and thoughts and no comment from the speaker on his own emotion for the woman. I the last stanza describes what makes her so special. Outer beauty has blessed her with inner purity and perfection and Imagination of true virtue and what that looks like. The big picture and the theme of the poem are Appearances, principle, women, and feminity. The poem is full of appearances because the poet keeps on giving a description of her beauty and the way she walks in the night. The poem has lots of good principle such as pure and innocent. On the other hand, the entire poem talks about women but he uses her as an object, and the poet can say what she is thinking about based on her smile. The meaning of the poem is how beautiful a woman from the inside that makes her different in nature. Lord Byron describes a night/darkness with bright stars/sun and compares this woman to that night. She brings together these opposites in her beauty and creates a amusement. Not a light like the daytime, since he describes that in a romantic way, but it is more beautiful than anyone can imagine in the night.
In the second poem Girl by “Jamaica Kincaid” telling a story about the complicated relationship between a mother and her daughter and giving her advice. The technical
element shows that Plot – there is no clear action, a mother talking to her daughter setting, Setting – Unspoken/Unclear, Character – Mother and Daughter, Narrator/POV – third person (without dialog tags). We can also see some nontraditional structure No real events, no dialog tags or description, characters are unnamed, and the settings are unnamed. The big picture has two part. One is the danger of female sexuality and the other one is the transformative power of domesticity. On the first part, Even though the daughter doesn’t seem to have yet reached adolescence, the mother worries that her current behavior, if continued, will lead to a life of promiscuity. The mother believes that a woman’s reputation or
respectability determines the quality of her life in the community. Sexuality, therefore, must be carefully guarded and even concealed to maintain a respectable front. Consequently, the mother links many tangential objects and tasks to the taboo topic of sexuality, such as squeezing bread before buying it, and much of her advice centers on how to uphold respectability. She scolds her daughter for the way she walks, the way she plays marbles, and how she relates to other people. The mother’s constant emphasis on this theme shows how much she wants her daughter to realize that she is “not a boy” and that she needs to act in a way that will win her respect from the community. On the other hand, the mother believes that domestic knowledge will not only save her daughter from a life of promiscuity and ruin but will also empower her as the head of her household and a productive member of the
community. She basically believes that there are only two types of women: the respectable kind and the “sluts.” Undoubtedly for many Antiguan
women, domestic knowledge leads to productivity, which in turn wins respect from family and society. Household work, therefore, brings power and even prestige to women in addition to keeping them busy and away from temptation. Readers recognize the reverence the mother has for the power of domesticity because of the numerous specific instructions she gives her daughter, such as how to cook pumpkin fritters, sweep, grow okra, buy bread, and wash clothes. For her, domesticity brings respectability; sewing up a dress hem thus becomes more than an act of maintenance because it saves a woman’s sexual reputation within the community. The meaning of the poem story Girl Provides a glimpse of the relationship between a girl and her mother. The girl represents Kincaid in her youth. The story shows that, in this relationship, the mother tries to prescribe behavior she deems appropriate for females. In addition, it is apparent that the girl is constrained within these prescribed behaviors. Such constrictive condition is a result of the mother’s dominant behavior toward the girl. Considering Kincaid’s background as well as the cultural keywords used, the short story emphasizes how certain cultural characteristics are passed on through the generations. In this regard, the story focuses on the significance of familial relationships in shaping individual behavior.
As both poems have similarity, they also got a lot of differences as well. These differences affect the meaning of each poem. On the first poem, She walks in beauty by ” Lord Byron” poet talks about the lady and light and dark and combination of their outer
and inner beauty. On the other hand in the poem, Girl by “Jamaica Kincaid” poet talks about the Danger of Female Sexuality and the Transformative Power of Domesticity. Their differences hurt each others theme and talk about a whole different aspect of a woman’s life. But within this differences, they both meet in a point where they mean about woman true value in the society and nature.
A woman’s outer and inner beauty is indescribable and it shows that how much of importance women hold in the society. Very rarely we try to recognize women’s responsibility. Women can either build or break. How women should walk and talk it comes from the mother she has been with and how she grew up with those rules and regulation. As poet told in the poem story that she bent to be a slut. “A women can a mother or a slut.” that phrase shows the light side and the dark side of a woman’s life. They can be the most beautiful creature with their purity on the earth or the darkest part of our society by not being a woman with principles.