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20 Marvelous Poems About Beauty in All its Forms

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 aught but beautiful,

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

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

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,

The figure that she carries,

or the way she combs her hair.

16. “We Are All Born So Beautiful” by Rupi 

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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 sonnet in every tree,

a tale in every lifetime

it’s just for you to see…

20. “Youth And Beauty” by William Carlos Williams

I bought a dishmop—

having no daughter

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.

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