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A Parody of "She Walks in Beauty"


In an exercise on parody about 55 years ago, I chose She Walks in Beauty by Tennyson to re-word. 

First, read the original, then read what I did to it.

    She Walks in Beauty

         By Alfred Lord Tennyson

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 that nameless grace

Which wanes in every raven tress

Or softly lightens o'er her face,

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how clear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,

So soft, so calm, so elegant,

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.



A re-writing of the original in a slightly different tone by T. M. Grafius, Sr.


She Stalks in Darkness

by T. M. Grafius, Sr.

She stalks in darkness like a fright

Of windswept woods and starless skies;

And all that's worst of dark and night

Meet in her face and bloodshot eyes,

Thus rotted to that soft delight

Which Hell to innocent day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less

Could not improve that horrid face

Which hides in every dark recess

Or cooly frightens in this space;

And thoughts so evil they distress

The pure, who fear its dwelling place.

And in that look, that furrowed brow,

So cold, so hard, to horror lent,

The leer that scares, the evil glow,

That tell of days in murder spent.

A mind that lived with those below,

A heart no longer innocent.



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           Copyright 1961 by T. M. Grafius, Sr.      Return to the top of the page.