Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)

Female Beauty

Poem by Mark Akenside

Felices ter et amplius
Quos irrupta tenet Copula, nec malis
Divulsus querimoniis,
Suprema citius solvet amor die.

What's Female Beauty, but an Art divine,
Through which the Mind's all gentle Graces shine?
They like the Sun irradiate all between;
The Body charms, because the Mind is seen.


Comments about Female Beauty by Mark Akenside

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (7/29/2018 10:19:00 PM)

    To me, the key line is:
    'The Body charms, because the Mind is seen'.
    This poem too, like female beauty, is an art divine!(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/29/2018 11:08:00 AM)

    A great poem. Yeah, female beauty is is an art divine. Lovely.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/29/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    What's Female Beauty, but an Art divine,
    Through which the Mind's all gentle Graces shine?
    They like the Sun irradiate all between;
    The Body charms, because the Mind is seen. very fine poem(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/29/2018 8:23:00 AM)

    What a masterpiece! Delineating the true nature of a woman's beauty.
    Thanks & Congrats.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/29/2018 7:13:00 AM)

    Female beauty is a divine art that shines bright as Sun by charming body as the mind is seen! Nice one!(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/29/2018 7:12:00 AM)

    art divine—amen to that—i heartily agree. and it appears the author is not the type to be enamored with the physical aspect only. -gk(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/29/2018 4:46:00 AM)

    This beautiful poem has been selected for second time just after one year on this day of 2017 as the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (7/29/2018 4:23:00 AM)

    Powerful expression in a few well chosen words.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (7/29/2018 4:05:00 AM)

    But does that beauty shines across when she ages or is it entangled with youth-hood? Beauty of the mind should come across even if one is aged. However, I loved the poetic imagination of the poet though our perspectives may differ.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/29/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Mark Akenside👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (7/29/2017 10:38:00 PM)

    Yes, the beauty is only what the minds sees. Great philosophical thought, indeed. Congrats for being the PoD.X(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (7/29/2017 9:07:00 AM)

    Marvelous four lines of poetic beauty. So skillfully the universal truth has been exposed, males of the surface can't disagree the attitude of the poet. Genius by heart and intelligence. Great indeed. Thanks to PH.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/29/2017 7:40:00 AM)

    An art divine! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (7/29/2017 6:36:00 AM)

    Beauty is of the eyes,
    But rather of the heart.
    If beauty fades,
    What coin will be paid?
    Lovely one!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/29/2017 6:21:00 AM)

    It is a beautiful philosophical poem on female beauty with thrilling depiction. Captivating one. Thanks and congrats.(Report)Reply

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  • Md Shahadat HossainMd Shahadat Hossain (7/29/2017 5:03:00 AM)

    There is an art to express female beauty within a four lines. loved that...(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/29/2017 3:47:00 AM)

    Highly aesthetic, artistic and philosophical representation of a woman's beauty. Exquisite 4-liner poem. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/29/2017 1:52:00 AM)

    Great poem about beauty..... Thanks for sharing....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010



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