The short poems in this collection examine beauty from various angles, including the appreciation of it, the act of producing it, discovering beauty in nature, and tracing beauty in love and romance.
Poets often think about beauty and the lovely. As you’ll see in this compilation of poems, a poet uses language and their skillful use of words to evoke the strongest emotional response.
In this article, we offer 20 of the best poems about beauty. They cover topics like the connection between truth and beauty, the relationship between beauty and desire, and the beauty found in nature.
We certainly hope you appreciate these lovely poems.
1. “Beauty” by Elinor Wylie
Say not of beauty, she is good,
Or sleek to doves’ wings of the wood
Her wild wings of a gull.
2. “Bad Day At The Beauty Salon” by Maggie Estep
3. “I Died For Beauty—But Was Scarce” by Emily Dickinson
I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.
4. “She Walks In Beauty” by Lord Byron (George Gordon)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
5. “Sonnet 54: O, How Much More Doth Beauty Beauteous Seem” by William Shakespeare
O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
6. “A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion)” by John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness 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.
7. “Sonnet 104: To Me, Fair Friend, You Never Can Be Old” by William Shakespeare
To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I ey’d,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold,
Have from the forests shook three summers’ pride,
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turn’d,
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burn’d,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Ah! yet doth beauty like a dial-hand,
Steal from his figure, and no pace perceiv’d;
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,
Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceiv’d:
For fear of which, hear this thou age unbred:
Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead.
8. “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Beauty” by Aranya Johar
9. “Sonnet: To Tartar, A Terrier Beauty” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Snowdrop of dogs, with ear of brownest dye,
Like the last orphan leaf of naked tree
Which shudders in black autumn; though by thee,
Of hearing careless and untutored eye,
10. “Rondel Of Merciless Beauty” by Geoffrey Chaucer
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.
11. “My People” by Langston Hughes
The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.
12. “The Sovereign Beauty Which I Do Admire” by Edmund Spenser
The sovereign beauty which I do admire,
Witness the world how worthy to be praised:
The light whereof hath kindled heavenly fire
In my frail spirit, by her from baseness raised
13. “Ode On A Grecian Urn” by John Keats
Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know
14. “Pretty” by Katie Makkai
15. “The Beauty Of A Woman” by Audrey Hepburn
The beauty of a woman
isn’t in the clothes she wears,
or the way she combs her hair.
16. “We Are All Born So Beautiful” by Rupi
17. In Her Eyes by Unknown
In her eyes, I saw what a thousand future holds.
In her eyes, my day calls for joy.
In her eyes, even the oceans make their wishes.
In her eyes, lies the desire for love.
18. “Hold Your Head High” by Unknown
Don’t stop smiling,
Hide the tears in your eyes.
Don’t stop smiling,
Shine like a star in a gloomy sky.
Don’t stop smiling,
Hold your head high.
19. “Beauty In Nature” by Arti Chopra
There’s a poem in every flower,
a tale in every lifetime
it’s just for you to see…
20. “Youth And Beauty” by William Carlos Williams
I bought a dishmop—
for they had twisted
fine ribbons of shining copper
We can experience the beauty of humans and nature through the words of these poets and by ourselves by exploring our surroundings. We hoped you enjoyed reading these beautiful poems.
Let us know your favorite!