6 Reasons Why 'Venus And Adonis' By William Shakespeare Is One Of The Sexiest Poems Ever

February 5, 2015 2:04 PM

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When I began writing my novel The Tutor (Riverhead, Feb. 5), I searched for a piece of writing for my protagonist and Shakespeare to work on. I was familiar with his plays and his Sonnets, but not his long poems, and when I read Venus and Adonis for the first time, I nearly swooned. It was racy, it was juicy, it was perfect.

The tradition of erotic poetry goes way back to the ancients -- Sappho, Catullus, Ovid. Poetry is the language of the heart, the soul, and that fiery place of desire, and many poets throughout the ages have penned some very sexy verse. Shakespeare is on that list, most often for his sonnets. But yea...

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