A THING of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 5
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways 10
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils 15
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
’Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms 20
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink. 24
John Keats (1795-1821)
Poets are immortal and their poems are eternal! Almost three hundred years for the immortal poet John Keats but his lines are ever ringing in the ears of the poetry lovers and that indeed is his greatness!
A Standard English dictionary will give the meaning of the word “BEAUTY” thus:
A combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses; a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense; an excellent specimen; an attractive feature; an advantage; a beautiful woman.
There are very many derivatives from this word:
Beau- Beaufort scale- beau monde- beaut- beauteous- beautician- beautiful- beautifully- beautify- beautification- beauty parlor- beauty queen- beauty sleep- beauty spot- beauty treatment!
I am not an Englishman nor I can claim a good knowledge of the language- but I do love the language and enjoy its beauty- written or spoken, prose or verse. Here are the synonyms and antonyms of the word BEAUTY:.
Synonyms for this word “beautiful” !
allurestar, artistry, charm, delicacy, elegance, good looks, grace, refinement, style, adorableness, allurementstar, attractionstar
Antonyms for plain
ambiguous, abnormal, abstruse, attractive
concealed, complex, complicated
decorated, difficult, dressed-up
obscure, obscured, ornate
A few years ago I wrote a poem and now I recollect the same titled “BLESS ME WITH THOSE EYES” which is reproduced below quoting Keats:
‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever’
Words of Keats one can forget never
What is beauty – beauty is where
One can enjoy here and there, everywhere!
Grecian urn a beautiful piece
Niagara Falls a beautiful place
Silver streaks of water brings us peace
Hills and dales sure nature’s grace!
Does beauty lie in the objects seen
Or lie in the eyes of the seer keen?
Beauty seen in the scorching Sun
Beauty felt in the biting cold
Beauty heard in the melody of birds
Beauty smelt in the fragrance of rose
Beauty tasted in the bitterness of neem
Beauty found sure in every mean(s)!
‘Beauty is truth and truth beauty
That is all what ye know on earth
And what all ye need to know’
Words of Wisdom
From votary of beauty
And a devotee of Almighty!
Creator of noble beauty
Harbinger of peace and piety
Bless me with those eyes and mind
Beauty in ugliness that they can find!
Beauty of the mind and beauty of the soul
Sure makes one the wholesome whole!
Reflecting the same sentiments I wrote another poem titled “Marvel is Thy Creation” which is quite relevant for this Sunday story.
Hills are lovely, Dales are beautiful
River is lovely, fishes are beautiful
Sea is lovely, waves are beautiful
Sky is lovely, stars are beautiful
Tree is lovely, flowers are beautiful!
Beautiful is the sky lark, lovely is the peacock
Beautiful are the birds, lovely are the animals-deer’s and dogs!
Beautiful nature is always beautiful
Oh! It is all Thy wonderful creation!
Rain is lovely, fire is beautiful
Storm is lovely; volcano is beautiful
Thunder is melodious, lightning is pleasing!
Nature’s fury is a thing of beauty!
Bed of roses and scent around it
Blade of grass and dews upon it
Rise of moon and stars above it
Oh! It’s all the marvels of Thy creation!
Here is a child with crippled foot
There is a boy with cruel mind
Here is a man with dishonest deeds
There is a woman with a lustful eyes!
He has eyes, yet blind
She has ears, yet deaf
She has hands, yet lame
Yonder Thou art witnessing all!
Mend their ways or end their deeds
Make them honest – make them healthy
Help us live in peace and amity!
NIGHT IS BRIGHT
Night Is Bright
Dark and bright
Part of life
Matter of mind!
Has no permanence
Nor has brightness!
The one who cares
Not the one who dares!
When you walk through
Darkness melts true
As a faithful crew!
Brings not brightness
Helps not progress!
Day is dark
When eyes are shut
Night is bright
When vision is strong!
Dark and bright
Part of life
Matter of mind!
Since a thing of beauty is a joy forever, we need joy to be free from stress and strain, tension and tears, let us develop a mind and vision to see beauty in everything and everywhere- in all things animate or inanimate, seen or unseen, heard or unheard, smelt or un-smelt, written or spoken, prose or verse, felt or un-felt!
“Heard melodies are sweet and those
Unheard are sweeter!”.
According to the great Hindu philosophy, every individual born is incarnation of Shiva and is ever blissful.
“Aham brahmmasmi”- I am Brahma.
“Sivoham Sivoham” – I am Shiva I am Shiva.
“Anandoaham, aanandhoham”- I am happiness, I am happiness.
“Sathyam, Shivam, Sundaram”- Truth, Peace and Beauty.
“Aanandamayakosam”- This is ‘blissful body and its sheath”.
Beauty is TRUTH and Truth Beauty and hence SATHYAMEVA JAYATHE-NA ANRUTHAM” – Truth alone triumphs and not falsehood.
Bye for the day!