When one thinks of erotic themes and natures involving words the name Emily Dickinson does not jump to the forefront of your mind. Yes, the name is familiar and most if not everyone has indeed heard of at least one her poems. While she was thought to be a firm recluse, one might believe she led a life of secrecy shared between her and her readers, making her a prime feminist of her time. ‘The feminist critic often merely needs to point to what women writers say that readers have largely overlooked, and this is certainly the case with Emily Dickinson. Her poetry lends itself to feminist readings because Dickinson herself raises feminist issues in her poems (White, Fred D. pg.63).’ She was a mysterious woman shrouded in white but when she put ink to paper illicit thoughts and experiences filled the page. For a person of her time she …Read More
As poets, we strive to maintain a certain level of respect for all poetry and the poets that do it. Despite, poets are people too and we each have our likes and dislikes. I dislike the suicidal stuff. Ricky Meyers, heaven help him, dislikes erotic poetry.
The debate is about the skill involved, and whether erotic poetry should be considered ‘art’. “I appreciate erotic poetry for its commercial value and understand the poetry as entertainment”, says Meyers. “Sometimes, erotic poetry transcends (Neruda, Natalie Diaz), but mostly I see it as entertainment“.
An Example Of An Erotic Poetry Show That Ricky Meyers Will Not Be At
Erotic poetry definitely has its detractors. There are those who feel that it isn’t an art form any more than pornography is. There are those that find it in poor taste. Personally, I’ve noticed that many poets are able to use the prolific nature …Read More
Nailing down the best erotic poetry is difficult because preferences and tastes vary so greatly from person to person. This is great news! It means we have a variety of erotic poems to read that maximize and diversify our concept of sexiness.
As I was researching poems for this list, I found that I knew exactly what I didn’t like in an erotic poem. Descriptions of throbbing veins and the curve of her creamy white neck, for example, do not move me. This means that if you love phallic symbols and lingering contemplations of white ladies’ necks, you’re not going to see very much of that here. Sorry.
We landed on these 13 erotic poems that I think are genuinely sexy for one reason or another. For some, it’s the urgency in the speaker’s voice. It’s lovely to feel seen and needed. Poems with sensory detail so rich that …Read More
The Flea is one of John Donne’s most popular erotic poems. It focuses on an insect that was a common nuisance in the Elizabethan period – the flea – and turns it into a sexual metaphor.
That such an irritating creature could be used to such good effect is a poetic triumph but it’s still not certain that, for all of Donne’s wit and ‘ribald humour’, the speaker succeeded in his sexual conquest.
This poem is all about a woman’s denial and the argument used by the speaker to overcome that and persuade her to make love to him. If a flea can suck blood from them both and mingle the two in one, surely it’s not too much to ask for them to get together in similar fashion?
In Elizabethan England it was very much the thing for poets to use a conceit, an argument, an extended metaphor which …