Friday, January 30, 2015
The Erotic Poems by Ovid
The Erotic Poems were the work of Ovid's heart. The Amores are elegaic poems that were written by a young man. They describe a consuming love, fueled by equal parts passion and jealousy, that ends badly. The emotions are strong, almost frightening at times, and always frank. The Art of Love poems are written in middle age, when passion has cooled a bit. They are instruction manuals for men and women interested in fomenting love. He is a teacher of the art of love, an apprentice at the knee of Cupid. The Cures for Love are intended for the man who cannot survive love. Ovid is a healer, giving instructions in how to manage an addiction to love that had failed. The writing is frank, understandable, and in many ways it seems quite contemporary.