Category: beauty

?? Beauty and Strangeness – Poe’s Ligeia

Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic tale « Ligeia » is a study of the supernatural and of feminine beauty. In exploring Ligeia’s physical beauty, Poe quotes Elizabethan politician and scholar Francis Bacon: « There’s no exquisite beauty, » says Bacon, Lord Verulam, speaking truly of all the forms and genera of beauty « without some strangeness in the proportion. » In James Joyce’s A Portrait of the...