Beauty Poem by Wilfred Owen


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The beautiful, the fair, the elegant,
Is that which pleases us, says Kant,
Without a thought of interest or advantage.

I used to watch men when they spoke of beauty
And measure their enthusiasm. One
An old man, seeing a () setting sun,
Praised it () a certain sense of duty
To the calm evening and his time of life.
I know another man that never says a Beauty
But of a horse; ()

Men seldom speak of beauty, beauty as such,
Not even lovers think about it much.
Women of course consider it for hours
In mirrors; ()

A shrapnel ball -
Just where the wet skin glistened when he swam -
Like a fully-opened sea-anemone.
We both said 'What a beauty! What a beauty, lad'
I knew that in that flower he saw a hope
Of living on, and seeing again the roses of his home.
Beauty is that which pleases and delights,
Not bringing personal advantage - Kant.
But later on I heard
A canker worked into that crimson flower
And that he sank with it
And laid it with the anemones off Dover.

Friday, January 3, 2003
Topic(s) of this poem: beauty
Ruby Root 23 August 2006

I find this poem interesting how men think of beauty. I think in our society today it is not like that. People don't see the beauty around them. They are disillusion by material things fast cars, bars, fthe fast lane. Fake women. All that lipstick, high heels. What happened to being natural a little blush a walk in the woods. I would love to see what Wifred Own would say about our society today. Unkind, selfish, and cruel.

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Waleed Murad 19 April 2015

I think that the parenthesis symbolize the irony between the beauty of war and the beauty of the sea anemone which is as beautiful as it can come -Rotana Amer

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Edward Kofi Louis 08 January 2015

Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. E.K.L.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 09 September 2014

In fact I am reading this poem second time owing to its own beauty and I take it as an opportunity to read it in such happiness.

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Beauty is that the which pleases and delight the wordings of immanuel Kant is quoted by the poet in this little poem which is the fact about the beauty. What is actually coming to mind and thinking is beauty is normally described by individual according to his vision of thought and the think most interested in him and therefore varies in different situations according to conveniences.The poem is very nice to read.

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Nyaruri Paul 08 July 2019

Exclusive polite and good to recite and listen.

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Anil Kumar Panda 08 July 2019

Beauty has so many definitions. it is just the mood of the onlookers. Some take pleasure watching vales and dales and rivers and hills while some look beauty in human faces and behaviors. A nice poem indeed. Loved it.10++++

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Kumarmani Mahakul 08 July 2019

Beauty has been well delineated in trhis poem. Thanks for sharing this poem by Wilfred Owen.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 July 2019

A beautifully conceived thought provoking poem discussing different perceptions about beauty and it's power of giving pleasure devoid of any advantages. well deserved classic poem of the Day.

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Ramesh T A 08 July 2019

Beauty is adequate expression of one or thing or creative art in general. Such a beauty certainly pleases and captures heart immediately! Thanks for sharing the poem by Wilfred Owen!

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Shropshire / England
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