Friday, November 09, 2012

Poetry Friday: Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?

From the first time I heard this song in the TV movie of "Cinderella," I loved it. On one level, I suppose, it's just a silly ditty, but the questions it asks are deeper than that. In addition to the questions that Cinderella and the prince ask each other about whether they are inventing what they see in each other (answer: probably, since you've only known each other for ten minutes), there is the question of what makes us love. Why do we love people, places and things? Is it because of their inherent beauty? Or do we see the beauty in people, places, and things as we grow to love them? Of course, the answer is yes. There's something beautiful that attracts our notice, but as we grow in love, we see more and more that someone who wasn't paying such close attention would miss completely.

Attachment theory tells us that the love between parents and their infants is a sort of dance. Our babies are beautiful, so we coo over them and cuddle them. They respond by being even more adorable, "attachment-promoting behavior," as it's called. We in turn love them even more.

Aren't all loves kind of the same way? In romantic love or friendship, something about us is noticed and appreciated, and we respond by doing more of whatever the other person liked. We reach a point, with people we love, where we don't even see what they look like any more. We just see a face that is familiar and dear. 

C.S. Lewis wrote about friendship:
..."Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other people; by Friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him, and then, in a good Friendship, increased by Him through the Friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing."

But enough philosophizing...here are three videos of this song, and the lyrics as well. I hope you like it as much as I do.





Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Do I love you because you're beautiful
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
Am I making believe I see in you
A girl too lovely to be really true?
Do I want you because you're wonderful
Or are you wonderful because I want you?
Are you the sweet invention of lover's dream
Or are you really as beautiful as you seem?

 Am I making believe I see in you
A man too perfect to be really true?
Do I want you because you're wonderful
Or are you wonderful because I want you?
Are you the sweet invention of lover's dream
Or are you really as wonderful as you seem?






Here's today's Poetry Friday roundup.

7 comments:

Tabatha said...

Do I love this post because it's beautiful or is this post beautiful because I love it? Either way, nicely done, Ruth!

Linda at teacherdance said...

I grew up loving and memorizing many of Rodgers & Hammerstein's lyrics. They shared ideas ahead of others, didn't they, choosing themes that made us think? I love that last scene too, a little less theatrical. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

jama said...

Thanks for the enchanting post, Ruth. Loved hearing your thoughts about LOVE :)!

Tricia said...

I never realized there was a musical of Cinderella!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Loved this....especially Vic Damone's version which I have not heard in years.

Mary Lee said...

I love what CS Lewis has to say about friendship and about ALL of the things we love: "Why do we love people, places and things? Is it because of their inherent beauty? Or do we see the beauty in people, places, and things as we grow to love them?" Yes.

Author Amok said...

Hi, Ruth. I'm glad to see someone else posting about song lyrics as poetry. My daughter and I love musical theater. The question posed in this song is wonderful to ponder.