Beauty In The Song Of Songs

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In this essay I will show how the Song of Songs implies the philosophical ideas that the definition of beauty is not dependent upon society’s prejudice or taste; that it is most precious when it is protected and guarded; and that with edenic love comes maximal blessing. The book exists as an ancient poem of inspired literature, where the author paints different interactions between two lovers: a Shulamite woman, and a shepherd who is known as “the beloved” (2:3). My first point is that beauty cannot be defined by societal pressure. In the beginning of the book, the Shulamite woman gives us insight on her features and her previous experience by saying that she is “black”, but “comely, and compares herself with the rich colors of the dwelling…show more content…
In the whole of the Song of Songs, we see a contrast between the lives of the Shulamite and her beloved, and the life of the king with his harem. In chapter three we see the simplicity of yearning that the woman and her beloved experience, their longing for each other is natural, pure, and not based solely on erotic desire (3:4). She describes its depth by saying, “I found him whom my soul loveth”; pointing back to Eden when God formed the first soul out of spirit and flesh. Through this, she acknowledges that her love for the man is not only physical and not only emotional or spiritual, but is the deepest connection of the two together which forms the holy bond that Christ intended in Eden (3:4). In contrast, the author reveals that Solomon, at this point in time, had over one hundred wives and unlimited access to all the virgins he liked, implying his love was mostly based on erotic desire with little spiritual or emotional connection (6:8). This was not the optimal plan as seen from Eden, nor is it described with the same ardor and tenderness as is seen with the main couple. It seems the author is communicating that love’s maximal blessings come when the woman is for one man, and the man is for one woman. Regardless of the riches and power of the king, even his harem could not compare with the simple beauty of this type of love, for it says that even the…show more content…
By these verses of scripture, we see that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and is not dictated by the changing winds of society; that beauty is most valued and sought after when it has been cherished and saved behind a wall; and that romantic love in the deepest sense of the word, is found not in endless resources such as Solomon but in appreciation of one
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