Mid-Term Examination
Medieval Aesthetics: St. Thomas Aquinas

Paul J. Sampson


Name the three aspects of beauty and give three examples of each.


Integritas, Consonantia, Claritas
Wholeness, Harmony, Clarity

These three are whole:
A note of music
An uncaught trout
A single stone.

These three are harmonious:
The breath of two sleepers
The colors of wood and flame
The pull of muscle on bone.

And these are clear:
Bird song over water
Light lancing from waves
The edge of the moon.

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