I am referring to eros as depicted from A Religion of One’s Own by Thomas Moore. I having been born in Camden, New Jersey, once the living home of Walt Whitman, can never help but be taken by one of his poems.
Moore uses a quote from “I Sing The Body Electric” to introduce his chapter 5 “Pleasure, Desire, and the Deeply Erotic.”
The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips,
downward toward the knees,
The thin and red jellies within you or within me….
O I say these are not parts and poems of the body only,
but of the soul,
O I say now these are you soul!”
I love these words, I love the title of Whitman’s poem, I love the fact that Thomas Moore uses it as intro to this chapter.
Moore writes, “A materialistic culture thinks of sex as physical and biological and can’t seem to understand how the soul and spirit can have their own sexuality.” p. 117
I could stay on this chapter for sometime. What say you?