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The Art of Love Poetry

Erik Gray


Love begets poetry; poetry begets love. These two propositions have seemed evident to thinkers and poets across the Western literary tradition. Plato writes that “anyone that love touches instantly becomes a poet.” And even today, when poetry has largely disappeared from the mainstream of popular culture, it retains its romantic associations. But why should this be so—what are the connections between poetry and erotic love that lead us to associate them so strongly with one another? An examination of different theories of both love and poetry across the centuries reveals that the connection be ... More

Keywords: love, poem, lyric, erotic, erotics, poetic tropes, poetics, paradox

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198752974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198752974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Gray, author
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

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