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Beauty - Poem by Wilfred Owen

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.


Comments about Beauty by Wilfred Owen

  • Rookie - 0 Points Waleed Murad (4/19/2015 3:59:00 AM)

    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
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  • Gold Star - 347,236 Points Edward Kofi Louis (1/8/2015 4:45:00 AM)

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

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  • Gold Star - 73,898 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/9/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Beauty

  1. 1. A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion) , John Keats
  2. 2. Beauty Xxv , Khalil Gibran
  3. 3. Rondel Of Merciless Beauty , Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. 4. Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) , Anne Sexton
  5. 5. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  6. 6. I Died For Beauty , Emily Dickinson
  7. 7. Before The Throne Of Beauty Xxvi , Khalil Gibran
  8. 8. Beauty And Beauty , Rupert Brooke
  9. 9. Beauty , Wilfred Owen
  10. 10. Pied Beauty , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Beauty , Edward Thomas
  12. 12. Youth And Beauty , William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. O Beauty, Passing Beauty! , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  14. 14. Ballade Of My Lady's Beauty , Joyce Kilmer
  15. 15. Hymn To Intellectual Beauty , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  16. 16. Beauty&Mdash;Be Not Caused&Mdash;It Is , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. My Idea Of Beauty , Nitya Pillai
  18. 18. Ode To Beauty , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. 19. Beauty, Time, And Love , Samuel Daniel
  20. 20. He Tells Of The Perfect Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Beauty , Elinor Morton Wylie
  22. 22. Beauty, Inside And Out , Camacy Melville
  23. 23. He Remembers Forgotten Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  24. 24. Soul's Beauty , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  25. 25. Amoretti Iii: The Sovereign Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  26. 26. I Died For Beauty But Was Scarce , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. Beauty: [notes For An Unfinished Poem] , Wilfred Owen
  28. 28. A Hymn In Honour Of Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  29. 29. Genius In Beauty , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. To What Serves Mortal Beauty? , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  31. 31. A Hymn Of Heavenly Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  32. 32. On The Conduct Of The World Seeking Beau.. , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. Clothed In Beauty , Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
  34. 34. Beauty , sakshi mathur
  35. 35. An Hymn In Honour Of Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  36. 36. Sonnet 54: O, How Much More Doth Beauty .. , William Shakespeare
  37. 37. Beauty Imposes , John Shaw Neilson
  38. 38. Seeking Beauty , William Henry Davies
  39. 39. ! The Eye Of Beauty , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. An Hymn Of Heavenly Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  41. 41. Sonnet Iv: Bright Star Of Beauty , Michael Drayton
  42. 42. Beauty , Nancy Amato
  43. 43. The Song Of Princess Zeb-Un-Nissa In Pra.. , Sarojini Naidu
  44. 44. A Sonnet To Heavenly Beauty , Joachim du Bellay
  45. 45. God Scatters Beauty , Walter Savage Landor
  46. 46. Bad Day At The Beauty Salon , Maggie Estep
  47. 47. Beauty , Edwina Matthews
  48. 48. The Living Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. A Philosophy Of Beauty , Uriah Hamilton
  50. 50. For Beauty I Am Not A Star , Woodrow Wilson
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