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The brightest star at the court of King Charles II, John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647-80), lived a life of reckless debauchery and sexual adventuring that led to his death at the age of thirty-three - described by Samuel Johnson as having 'blazed out his youth and health in lavish voluptuousness'. Rochester was also one of the wittiest and most complex poets of the seve ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Penguin Classics (first published July 10th 2004)
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Sep 13, 2015 Eadweard rated it liked it
"Naked she lay, clasped in my longing arms,

I filled with love, and she all over charms,

Both equally inspired with eager fire,

Melting through kindness, flaming in desire;

With arms, legs, lips, close clinging to embrace,

She clips me to her breast and sucks me to her face.

Her nimble tongue (Love’s lesser lightning) played

Within my mouth and to my thoughts conveyed

Swift orders that I should prepare to throw

The all-dissolving thunderbolt below.

My fluttering soul, sprung with a pointed kiss,

Hangs hove
Jul 05, 2014 Mii rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read!
Jan 31, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it
Libertine poetry at its finest: dirty, raucous, and occasionally truly beautiful. I especially liked the connections to the politics of the English Restoration; Rochester's insights on the king and his court, as well as contemporary London, are fascinating. My favorite poem was definitely the double-edged "A Saytr to Mankind" -- really intriguing look on whether or not reason really does elevate man. Plus, the "saytr/satire" pun allows you to imagine a wise half-horse penning the whole thing. ;)
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This one (chanced across via Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and then dildos on Wikipedia) is probably one of Wilmot's tamer pieces, but it had me in absolute stitches-
Mar 11, 2009 Keegan rated it it was amazing
Best dirty poems ever. They would make ODB cringe. And that's why I love them. Along with Blake, Yates, Eliot, and Stevens, this is who I reach to when I want to read great verse and also learn something.
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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester was an English libertine, a friend of King Charles II, and the writer of much satirical and bawdy poetry.

He was the toast of the Restoration court and a patron of the arts. He married an heiress, Elizabeth Malet, but had many mistresses, including the actress Elizabeth Barry and drank himself to death at the tender age of 33.
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