Writing Prompt: We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?
This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. In 1588, the English dramatist John Lyly, in his Euphues and his England, wrote:
“…as neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose, as the stalke to the rynde, as the earth to the roote.”
The person who is widely credited with coining the saying in its current form is Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton), who wrote many books, often under the pseudonym of ‘The Duchess’. In Molly Bawn, 1878, there’s the line “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
Defiantly yes, especially since we live in a culture where if your not beautiful your not anything, even models are subject to criticism and air brushing…. but getting back to the subject at hand
Each individual person sees beauty different than the other. You may see a person, a dog or cat, a car, a painting, or anything else and to you each is beautiful within itself. While another person may see the same individual items and not think them beautiful. Your partner may be gorgeous to you while your friend may see him or her as only average looking. You best friend and you may see a diamond ring at a jeweler and your friend just think it is absolutely stunning. On the other hand, you may feel that it is hideous.
Beauty is subjective and a very personal thing that is shaped by your own ideas and life experience…
Until Next Time….