Beauty and truth

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Picture credit: LIFE, circa 1950, Marilyn Monroe

This photograph of Monroe, taken when she was 23 or 24 for LIFE magazine, puts me in mind of the last two lines of the poem Ode on a Grecian Urn by the English Romantic poet John Keats (1795 – 1821):

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Truth makes all things plain. Whether it’s always beautiful I’m not so sure. Keats, of course, was a Romantic. I guess I’m not.

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