Beauty Is Truth, Truth Beauty Essay
Beauty is truth, truth Beauty That’s all ye need to know on earth! -KEATS.
There exist innumerable definitions and quotations regarding what beauty really is! A number of philosophers poets and thinkers have tried to define it yet there exists such a wide gap between their teachings that one becomes skeptical of all. Though skepticism is no conclusion, needless to say that it is identifiable, according to ones personal perceptions but with no solid definition. To some people like Socrates “Beauty is short lived tyranny”, some like Tolsty declared it as delusion. There are people who reject physical appearance and considers beauty as skin deep. To some, it is facial beauty, pleasing to each individual, not only this but there also exists various concepts like beauty is deception, it is an illusion and subsequently beauty is happiness and to some like Khalil Jibran “Beauty is mirror”,
WHAT IS BEAUTY.
After all these puzzling descriptions, one is bound to ask, what really beauty is? Could we give a universal definition to this complex phenomena or is it a relative term, defined in terms of being in the eye of beholder? Before arriving at some solid conclusion, it is mandatory to observe what are the constituents of Beauty and even before that where do we find beauty? Beauty is present in a face, especially that of woman. It is present in human body. Beauty is there in object (life less), It is present in animals, in addition, it is present in natural surroundings. It exists in big fields covered with lush green grass. Beauty is in big mountains and small hills. Beauty is in a small child. It is visible in words and present in eyes and almost in everything scattered around us.
But physically all these aspects differ from one an other. One cannot say that the beauty of mountain is similar to the beauty of a woman. Neither we could compare the beauty of a child with the beauty of ocean. Now here we observe what are the basic constituents of a Beauty and why man appreciates it. The reason behind this is perhaps due to the fact that Beauty contains harmony and harmony is an additive of symmetry and proportions, and it is indubitable that a human being appreciates symmetry and harmony even when he cannot create such symmetry and harmony. It is this sense of symmetry and proportion which is appreciated by a human eye where in broad term is called as Beauty. It is also here, where we can sort out the differences between those who deny that beauty exists, like Tolsty. Socrates and Dente. To these individuals, there cannot exist a perfect harmony. To them symmetry cannot be an exact match to the proportion, while those who appreciate beauty, those who declare it as happiness or mirror are in fact, those who strongly supports that symmetry is possible.
This concept of symmetry and proportion has always been there. One just has to look around for some historical aspects, take for example “Badshahi Mosque”. It is not only considered as one of the biggest mosques of the world but also, one of the beautiful mosques as’well. Why? the reason is symmetry and proportion, which add up to harmony and harmony is just another word for beauty. It is that beauty which people appreciate otherwise old bricks and red colour is hardly a point of consideration.
IS BEAUTY ETERNAL OR TEMPORARY.
Keats in hi~ first poem Endomynion (1818) said.
“A thing of Beauty is a joy forever” .
Its not that easy to see beauty as a joy forever, especially when in our day to day life it gradually withers away. The life of a red rose is hardly five to 10 days and to is the physical beauty which seeps away with the passage of each day. Under such circumstances it is difficult to realize that Beauty is not a fleeting moment but an eternal bliss. In order to arrive at this conclusion, one has to observe the philosophy of John Keats behind this.
KEATS PHILOSOPHY OF BEAUTY.
One of the dominant characteristics of Poetry is “Beauty”. poets have always been the lover of beauty. But in the poetry of Keats this has been dominant of all themes. Keats at first is viewed’ as appreciating beauty in its concrete sense through his senses but later his concept of Beauty became more intellectual. Instead of worshipping the beauty, he began to worship the mighty idea of abstract beauty that appealed to the mind and imagination, which in fact passes beyond the world of senses to the world of eternity. To which Shelley happens to call “Intellectual beauty” in one of his Hymns. Keats, has variously described this concept, for example, in his “Ode to Nightingale” It was merely a song of nightingale which enchanted his ears but gradually he passes into another work where this beauty remains forever whereas this song was only a symbol.
Secondly his concept of Beauty was not limited, it was taken as whole with all its ugly and beautiful parts as he described in his “Ode to Melancholy” He finds melancholy even in the sweetest things of life. Here it is important to note that this kind of beauty remain eternal. A beauty that lives in your imagination can never be erased. It is perhaps this notion that a human being creates in his mind as an ideal. An ideal always lives with one’s imagination. Such ideal can e of ones destination or one’s idea about his or her life pasture. Such ideals are not only harmony i.e. symmetry and proportions but also morality, nobility & goodness. The idea of such beauty is nonetheless “a joy forever” it cannot be erased nor could there be any change in the concept of beauty, it remains forever the same and if something remains forever in the same state, which is appreciated then such state, including all its constituent is beauty coupled with eternity with a joy forever.
IS BEAUTY A TRUTH.
“Poetry is not the assertion of truth but the making of that truth more fully real to us” -T.S. ELIOT
To Keats this was revealed in the “Ode to Gracious Urn” that beauty is truth. In this ode imagination reveals a new aspect of beauty. A beauty which is higher than the beauty of Cleopatra, more profound than the Heaven and any beauty present on the surface of earth, i.e. the essence of beauty extracted by the imagination out of that fleeting moment which eliminates the beauty, It is that seized essence which is truth. Human life will go on, people will come and appreciate the beauty present around them but beauty remains there it does not remains like that “Gracious Urn”. It will contain the beauty forever, generations will come and will view its beauty. It is that beauty which is seized by the artist of that Urn.
Thus such is the beauty present in Lenardo De Vincils “Mona Lisa” which is eternal such is the beauty present in the giant Tower of Pasis Dasa in Italy, this will be the beauty, eternal, when some artist would seize a moment of its imaginations and the beauty around him.
“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded all the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, most be the truth” ARTHER CANON DOYLE .
One cannot help but to agree with Keats that beauty is truth, truth beauty. It is true that Beauty remains eternal when seized by the imagination the concept of beauty forwarded by Keats has moral nobility. In this noble sense beauty becomes one with truth and goodness. Another important thing to note is that Beauty is always appreciated because of its harmony and such harmony has stability, (a falsity is always viable) while stability derives truth, it is truth which stands still and erects forever in this” connection, beauty also remains forever, while whatever remains forever and unchanged is truth .