The classic Japanese haiku rarely dealt with love and almost never with sex. American practitioners of the form have, however, developed a sub-genre which has been called, in a barbarous neologism, erotiku. It is difficult to see how an erotic charge can be maintained without the benefits of verbal foreplay.
The Olympic Girl by John Betjeman. Fair tigress of the tennis courts, So short in sleeve and strong in shorts. She nods, solemn: People should keep their goddamn hands off yours.
Modern day consensus has it that Julia, along with all the other mistresses that Herrick wrote about, was a figment of his fertile imagination. Nothing is known about her. There is no historical record.
Have ye beheld with much delight A red rose peeping through a white? Or else a cherry double graced Within a lily? Centre placed?
In Herrick' s society, women were viewed "regardless of social rank, as wives and mothers. Female submission was considered essential to an ordered, stable society, so that "as wives were subject to their husbands, so women were subject to men, whose authority was sustained informally through culture, custom and differences in education, and more formally through the law" Amussen, 3 Herrick grew up in a home parented by the mother, and he seemed to have felt the absence of his father, who died shortly after he was born, most acutely. Roger Rollin noted that Herrick' s search for a father during his life can be seen in several of his poems 46but little, if anything, has been said of the shaping influence his mother, Julia Herrick, ne Stone, had upon him.
Adagio molto. Takako Nishizaki. Ian McKellen.
Kids these days. Not even close. As today is National Poetry Daywe're celebrating this awesome art form for one of its most underrated qualities: sexually explicit metaphors—which have been, ahem, exciting people for hundreds of years. Liking sex is hardly unique to the modern era.