Poetics: Beauty in Ugliness

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Beauty

a combination of qualities such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.

Despite the definition, we all know that beauty is subjective. We are thankfully unique in our own tastes, opinions, expectations and the way in which we see or feel beauty.

There are some places, objects, creatures, images that are more pronounced in terms of ugliness. These are the ones I would like us to look at today…..with new eyes.

Find the beauty in the ugly. Open yourself up to discover something not as noticeable at first glance. Refuse to be repulsed by what you see. Embrace the ugliness and transform it into something beautiful before your eyes. Then pen it into a poem.

You may want to express the contrasts of perspectives or you may simply focus on the beauty alone. To be clear, I am not asking you to find beauty in evil. There is no beauty to be found there. Explore the deformities of nature, the unsightliness of a cluttered mess, or the details of decay. Choose an image that you would normally not find attractive. In other words, if you can immediately find the prettiness in the warty toad, leave him for someone else’s muse. Challenge yourself in the discovery of beauty. Feel free to use one of the following photos from pixabay.com (click to enlarge) or find one of your own.

This is Michelle Beauchamp (Mish), your host for today’s Poetics.

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