Saturday, April 25, 2009

The answer to the question posed earlier today..


Σφιγξ said...

She knows who I am going to see, but it doesn't matter...

Three possible interpretations, using someone else's words:

"No object is so ugly that, under certain conditions . . . it will not look beautiful; no object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly." --Oscar Wilde


"Another Beauty Queen Genius" :


Genius in Beauty

Beauty like hers is genius. Not the call
Of Homer's or of Dante's heart sublime, --
Not Michael's hand furrowing the zones of time, --
Is more with compassed mysteries musical;
Nay, not in Spring's Summer's sweet footfall
More gathered gifts exuberant Life bequeaths
Than doth this sovereign face, whose love-spell breathes
Even from its shadowed contour on the wall.

As many men are poets in their youth,
But for one sweet-strung soul the wires prolong
Even through all change the indomitable song;
So in likewise the envenomed years, whose tooth
Rends shallower grace with ruin void of truth,
Upon this beauty's power shall wreak no wrong.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Σφιγξ said...

The obverse of the Victorian "muse as Hausfrau"...

Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And, subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright web she can weave,
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
The rose and poppy are her flower; for where
Is he not found, O Lilith, whom shed scent
And soft-shed kisses and soft sleep shall snare?
Lo! as that youth's eyes burned at thine, so went
Thy spell through him, and left his straight neck bent
And round his heart one strangling golden hair.

Conchscooter said...

"the thinking man's sex object."

Σφιγξ said...

Yes, an object in his gaze, but she is too conscious to be objectified. This, is her genius.