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Subject Index - Beauty

The Girl at the Window by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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.


    Photographers - Everglades Sunset
  1. Beauty by Elinor Wylie


  2. Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
    Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.


  3. Beauty by Mathilde Blind


  4. Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Glory be to God for dappled things,
    For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow,


  5. Seeking Beauty by W. H. Davies
    As long as I love Beauty I am young,
    Am young or old as I love more or less;


  6. "For Beauty Being the Best of All We Know" by Robert Bridges


  7. Hibiscus blooming in the rain
  8. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." by John Keats


  9. Sonnet CXXX: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun by William Shakespeare


  10. Beauty by John Masefield


  11. When Thy Beauty Appears by Thomas Parnell


  12. I Love All Beauteous Things by Robert Bridges


  13. God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins


  14. Beauty by Edward Thomas


  15. Student drawing at the Norton Museum of Art
  16. Barter by Sara Teasdale


  17. Hymn to Intellectual Beauty by Percy Bysshe Shelley


  18. Amoretti Sonnet III by Edmund Spenser


  19. The Power of Art by George Santayana


  20. Ode on Melancholy by John Keats
    Beauty by its nature is ephemeral - it does not last.



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