2About the PoemIn this poem a comparison is drawn between the material beauty and spiritual or sublime beauty. Every object we see around us, looks beautiful. It allures us, but it has a physical appeal. Truth and purity of heart are invisible beauties. They have a spiritual appeal. They are such virtues that add grace to one’s being and make one more acceptable and lovable.Author: Unknown
3The PoemFairer than thee, beloved. Fairer than thee, There is one thing, beloved, Fairer than thee. Not the glad sun, beloved, Bright though it beams; Not the green Earth, beloved, Silver with streams;
4The Poem Continued…Not the gay birds, beloved, Happy and free; Yet there’s one thing, beloved Fairer than thee. Not the clear day, beloved, Glowing with light; Not (fairer still, beloved) Star-crowned night.
5The Poem Continued…Truth in her might, beloved, Grand in her sway; Truth with her eyes, beloved, Clearer than day. Holy and pure, beloved, Spotless and free; Is the one thing, beloved, Fairer than thee.
6The Poem Continued…Guard well thy soul, beloved; Truth, dwelling there, Shall shadow forth, beloved, Her image rare. Then shall I deem, beloved, That thou art she; And there’ll be naught, beloved, Fairer than thee.
7Glossary Beloved : dearly loved Dwelling : place used for living Naught : nothingSway : movement, swingThee (poetic) : youThou art (poetic) : you are
8Exercise How does the sun appear to the poet? The sun appears bright and it beams.How do the birds appear?Birds appear happy and free.What is clearer than day?Truth in poet’s beloved eyes.What is fairer than the poet’s beloved?The truth and purity of heart is fairer than the poet’s beloved.What advice does the poet give to his beloved?He advices to protect the truth and purity of her heart.When would the poet’s beloved be fairer?Truth in the beloved’s heart is fairer than her physical beauty
9Appreciation Make a list of rhyming words in the poem beams, streamsfree , theelight , nightsway , daythere , rareshe , theeWhat qualities make one fairer and why?Being truthful and honest makes one fairer. It is the true beauty of a person.
10Appreciation The poet describes ‘Sun’ as ‘Glad sun’. Why? The sun is very bright and beautiful . It shines with its golden beams . The sun is called glad sun , because it brings out the happiness in everyone when the weather is warm.
11Further ActivityMake a list of other such objects of nature and say how they are described by the poet.