What are some poems that praise female beauty?
Beautiful women have been praised in poetry for centuries. The Greek poet Homer described Helen of Troy as “the face that launched a thousand ships.” And the most beautiful woman in all of the world, according to some people, is Cleopatra. But it’s not just about looking pretty: these poems celebrate female beauty in many forms. They also remind us that being beautiful isn’t just about looks—it’s about having qualities like kindness and intelligence that make you an all-around great person.
“Venus as a Boy” by William Shakespeare
“Venus as a Boy” by William Shakespeare is a poem about the beauty of women. It praises female beauty and it is one of my favorite poems to read aloud to my students.
In this poem, Shakespeare attempts to portray Venus as someone who looks like an ordinary boy but whose beauty makes him seem like an angel. He uses objects such as roses and pearls to describe her eyes and cheeks respectively; these descriptions make the reader feel like they are looking at something magical rather than just another person in real life
“She Walks in Beauty” by Sir Walter Scott
In 1813, Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott wrote “She Walks in Beauty,” which is about a young woman who is beautiful, but also modest and virtuous. The poem is written in iambic pentameter with each line having ten syllables.
A lady fair to see, who walks with grace;
Her eyes the brightest that ever were seen;
Her cheeks like roses blushing through the snow;
Her mouth like gleaming coral set in pearl;
Her neck like stately marble pillar tall!
“The Sun Rising” by John Donne
“The Sun Rising” by John Donne is a poem that praises female beauty. It describes how the speaker’s mood changes throughout the day, depending on whether or not the sun is out.
The first stanza describes the speaker’s current mood: “O morning! O morning! / Dost thou smile upon my sadness? / Or frownest thou still on my restlessness?” This shows that he is sad and restless because it is nighttime and he cannot see anyone beautiful like you (the sun). But when morning comes, it will make everything better! In fact, this poem was written at sunrise–it’s as if you were there with us while we wrote it!
“The Humble Bee” by Christina Rossetti
The humble bee has no royal seal;
She gathers honey all day long,
And flies home laden with sweet spoil.
Her wings are furred like a butterfly’s wing,
But she can neither sew nor sing;
Yet she is not less beautiful than they,
Nor less wise in her way:
For God has given her a golden key To every flower in the field.
“When I consider how my light is spent…” from Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music, by Edmund Spenser, 1591-1599
“When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,–
Lodged with me useless, though my soul would move it;
Were it not madness then to bear the shame, To follow Christ? Ah! What avails it me to strive? With other men all must be lost ere long.” -Edmund Spenser (1591-1599)
It is important to be aware of the different ways that people can be beautiful.
It is important to be aware of the different ways that people can be beautiful. The beauty of a woman is not just physical. The beauty of a woman can be found in her actions, her words and her thoughts. It isn’t just about how she dresses or how she looks but also about how she treats others and allows them to treat her as well.
I hope that you enjoyed these poems about beauty, and that they helped you think about the different ways in which people can be beautiful. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Please leave a comment below if there are any other poems that praise female beauty that I missed or didn’t include here.