Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Physical beauty results from the harmonious action of various parts which can be taken in at a glance. The poet, who must necessarily detail in succession the elements of beauty, should therefore desist entirely from the description of physical beauty as such. He must feel that these elements arranged in a series cannot possibly produce the same effect as in juxtaposition…and that to conceive the effect of certain eyes, a certain mouth and nose taken together…surpasses the power of human imagination.