Monday, March 05, 2007

Beauty


This to me is the most gorgeous couple to ever grace the silver screen. Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting starred in Franco Zefferelli's 1968 Romeo and Juliet.

and Audrey Hepburn is the quintessence of beauty and grace


Beauty is one of those things that has always made the poets sigh:

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'

(John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn)

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:

(Lord Byron, She Walks in beauty)

But one of my favourite poems chooses the virtues of "kinde and true" over beauty:

Upon kinde and true Love

'TIS not how witty, nor how free,
Nor yet how beautifull she be,
But how much kinde and true to me.
Freedome and Wit none can confine,
And Beauty like the Sun doth shine,
But kinde and true are onely mine.

Let others with attention sit,
To listen, and admire her wit,
That is a rock where Ile not split
Let others dote upon her eyes,
And burn their hearts for sacrifice,
Beauty's a calm where danger lyes.

But Kinde and True have been long tried
A harbour where we may confide,
And safely there at anchor ride.
From change of winds there we are free,
And need not feare Storme's tyrannie,
Nor Pirat, though a Prince he be.


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That's by Aurelian Townshend. He is a member of my favourite poetry "school" of all time, the METAPHYSICALS. John Donne is my number one poet.

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