Well hello there, sexy fiends & literary lovers.
Since high school, I have loved the works of William Shakespeare. I enjoy the double entendres and sexual comedy in his poetry, sonnets and plays. Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 10), in which the goddess Venus took Adonis as her first mortal lover; they hunted together and were lovers for a time. She warns him against hunting dangerous animals, but when he doesn’t heed her warning, he’s killed by a boar. In Shakespeare’s version/twist, Adonis is not swayed by Venus, and refuses her advances.
In this quote, Venus first runs into Adonis in the forest and falls in love with him. This is Venus speaking:
A fuller excerpt from Venus and Adonis:
“I’ll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer;
Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale:
Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry,
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.
Within this limit is relief enough,
Sweet bottom-grass and high delightful plain,
Round rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough,
To shelter thee from tempest and from rain
Then be my deer, since I am such a park;
No dog shall rouse thee, though a thousand bark.'”
What’s your favorite erotic quote? Don’t keep it a secret – share the good word.
Happy Hump Day,
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