How does God's creation appear to the poet in poem "Beauty" written by John Masefield?

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The poem "Beauty" was written by English poet John Masefield. This poem takes the reader on a visual and auditory journey as Mansfield describes the sights and sounds he most appreciates. He expresses his admiration for many of God's creations. Specifically, he mentions dawn, sunset, moors, windy hills, and old Spanish music. He mentions that he particularly enjoys the month of April and its daffodils, spring grass, and soft warm rain.

In the second stanza, he praises "the song of the blossoms and the old chant of the sea," as well as the "strange lands" he has seen from ships. The poem ends by Mansfield expressing that, although all of those things are wonderful, the most beautiful things God has shown him are attributes of a woman. He extols "her voice, and her hair, and eyes, and the dear red curve of her lips."

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Masefield recognizes that the beauty of creation appears in many forms.

He mentions sunrise and sunset lighting the surrounding hills. He recognizes the rebirth and growth of flowering plants in the spring and the beauties of changes in the weather. He recalls sounds that have been beautiful in his hearing. He even salutes the beauty of objects created by human hands - "the arched white sails of ships."

Above and beyond all these beautiful things and memories, however, Masefield says that "the loveliest thing of beauty" he has ever seen is the woman he loves. In her is God's creation perfected, in the unsurpassable glory of "her voice, and her hair, and eyes, and the dear red curve of her lips."

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