Sensuality in literature

Sex is a part and parcel of life. Happy couples are those who have sex many times in a week, as it is said that sex can bring wellness in you and can energise you for your next day's work. In literature you can find plenty of poems and writings on sex and sexual activities. Literary laureates like William Shakespeare, Lawrence, T.S.Eliot, William Blake and many more are found to have written on themes like sex and lovemaking. Thus one can say that in those times writers wrote on the topics that were thought censored or not socially accepted. But these writings came to be appreciated and read all through, so the writers started to write on it.

Shakespeare wrote on matters of sex from a very literary point of view and he was very ethnic in his approach. His 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' was once regarded as the most innocent of its author's plays. His Sonnets, some of which are addressed to a man may imply same-sex desire in the author or are quasi-dramatic projections of the writer's imagination. Finally, he looks at how man-to-man relationships in the plays have been interpreted as sexual in both criticism and performance.

Stanley Wells's lively, provocative, and open-minded new book will appeal to a broad readership of students, theatergoers and Shakespeare lovers. 'Looking for Sex' in Shakespeare finds one of the most distinguished Shakespearean scholars in top form, witty, erudite and wonderfully sane. Illuminating the deep erotic riddles of the Sonnets, the rich performed life of the plays and the lascivious byways of post-modern criticism with equal insight. His Sonnets which are very famous do contain some of his ideas on sex and as such are worth reading.

Shakespeare is like Sex, for the following reasons:

The first time you do it, you're fumbling all over the place, unsure of what goes where or how. Hell, maybe it even hurts a little. There are all these crazy sweaty pieces that are supposed to fit comfy together and make some happy sort of thing. We all know that is not exactly what happens. Wait, maybe, no, now you know, that's all very well and good - for the first time. It takes a little practice to really be able to milk (so to speak) this stuff for all it's worth. We're allowed to fumble a little bit- The first time.

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Story first published: Friday, May 12, 2006, 10:54 [IST]

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