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These poems, selected from most of the cultures and histories of world literature, provide magnificent witness to the fact that love is as much an act of the imagination as it is of the body. From fourth-century Li Ch'ung's "Parody of a Lover" to John Betmeman's "Late-Flowering Lust," they re-create, through the revelations of language, that experience of the erotic. Other poets include Theodore Roethke, Robert Graves, Octavio Paz, Joseph Brodsky, Sylvia Plath, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library; First Edition edition (April 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679433228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679433224
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2005
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I find myself perplexed. What is desire?
The impulse to make someone else complete?

When I purchased the Everyman Love Poems book I was excited about purchasing additional selections. I must say this book was not exactly what I expected and even the author makes a note about these poems being sensuous and passionate but not erotic as we would imagine erotic to be today. This could make you happy or cause you disappointment. I found many of the poems to be more exotic than erotic. While many are striking and interesting, there are not many that inspire immediate desire. The poems seem to be more of a study of poetry than a presentation for pleasure. The poems are more romantic and interesting with short moments of sensuality.

Many of the poems seem to focus more on environments than erotic experience, although there are many references to the body and emotions. They seem to be more of an afterthought than the main theme in many of the poems. Poems like The Imperfect Enjoyment by Lord Rochester and Twin Hills by Vidyapati are the exception.

In my body you search the mountain
for the sun buried in its forest.
In your body I search for the boat
adrift in the middle of the night.
~Octavio Paz

Erotic Poems is also a collection of poems written mostly by men (and many are translated by men) and therefore seems to lack the diversity I was seeking in an erotic poem collection. While I love reading poems by men, I missed the female perspective. I could also not understand why they included Aurelius by Catullus or Hello There by Philodemus.

While Peter Washington organized the poems in a chain of thematic association, it would seem better to have poems with more variety and to include more poems by female poets.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Hewitt on May 18, 2000
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The cover is demure but the words inside are not. Erotic Poems has selections from some of my all time favorite poets and I have discovered many more. If you love poetry, you should get this book. If you are an erotician, you should get this book. If you love classical literature, you should get this book. In fact, just get the book!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sailoil on August 4, 2000
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There are poems from ancient tradition and from modern, short brash work, intense emotive pieces and snappy and witty tongue in cheek pieces. The book is a beatiful publication with a great introduction to a wide selection of poets. It explores the full gamut of what is eroticism from shy romantic fantasy all the way through to full frontal in your face sexuality. Great to read in bed with your partner, even better on your own on the bus on the way home from work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2002
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I bought this book 2 years ago now. The poems are sensual every every particular way.
At the beginning of the book it states that if you're looking for "erotic" as in sexual then this wouldn't be for you, such as if you're expecting pornographic poems, then this wouldn't be the book you're after.
However if you're into more sensual reading and enjoy poetry in general, then this little book is one you'd want to add to your collection. It has passion, desire, and sensuality all rolled into one little book. Beautifully written and very well composed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This great little book is a collection of erotic poetry taken from sources around the world. It is a companion to the Everyman collection of Love Poems. If you are seeking a collection of pornographic poems, you will be disappointed. The poems in this collection are sensuous, spicy and sometimes passionate. Some are even humorous. This 285 page volume will amuse and entertain you. A fantastic collection of erotic poems.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: a poetic tribute to warriors).
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