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Subject Index - Beauty
What is beauty? Something (or someone) that pleases the senses and sensabilities? Something that matches some mental template or memory as being right? Something that is graceful or ordered or original or well matched to its environment? Are we speaking of some example of beauty, or Beauty - the personified, calitalized concept, as they used to capitalize all big thoughts once upon a time?
The answer is: all of the above and more. Beauty can become convolved with style, or taste, or trend, or cultural preference. Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, according to one of the most famous memes in all of history. (As an aside, I once had a biology teacher who was dissecting a rabbit, and was mesmerized by the opalescent green colors of its intestinal bacteria - "beautiful, absolutely beautiful," he repeated to himself as he ran his fingers through the icky green slime).
Writers have always had opinions on beauty, and poets (and songwriters) stand in the front row of those most opinionated on the subject. Is there a sexual component to it? A spiritual element? An essential truth? An obsession with youth? Browse through the entries below and see if you find one in particular you like. I have always been partial to Teasdale.