I am as lovely as a dream in stone,
And this my heart where each finds death in turn,
Inspires the poet with a love as lone
As clay eternal and as taciturn.
Swan-white of heart, a sphinx no mortal knows,
My throne is in the heaven’s azure deep;
I hate all movements that disturb my pose,
I smile not ever, neither do I weep.
Before my monumental attitudes,
That breathe a soul into the plastic arts,
My poets pray in austere studious moods,
For I, to fold enchantment round their hearts,
Have pools of light where beauty flames and dies,
The placid mirrors of my luminous eyes…Beauty by Charles Baudelaire
What is Beauty?
Are there objective standards of beauty, or is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
Must art be beautiful to be great art?
What is the role of the experience of beauty in a good life?
Is natural beauty ever better than constructed beauty, like in art or music?
Do beauty and happiness go together?
What is the relation between beauty and the sublime?
Lastly does Beauty matter?
Professor Nehemas of Princeton University in a talk on the philosophy of beauty, concludes that “beauty is that which brings enjoyment to the person who looks or contemplates it” and "what we find beautiful is a reflection of our personality and individuality…in the ironic poem above beauty speaks…do the views coincide?….