Eros


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, 

and thence

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?

6 thoughts on “Eros

  1. Carole Webber March 7, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    I have lived that chapter all of my married life. Definitely a well written and thoughtful chapter in his book.
    I also lived near where Walt Whitman lived on Long Island, the town of Huntington, close to Amityville.

    • fictionfitz March 8, 2014 / 6:06 am

      Your long island sighting, and I mean it to be spelled that way, made me go to Wikipedia. For sixty years I have thought he called Camden home. He lived there for a short time before dying. That explains a lot.

    • fictionfitz March 8, 2014 / 6:36 am

      I am certainly getting a variety of responses.

  2. jhvn March 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    I haven’t read Thomas Moore’s new book yet, but your quote from his chapter on eros seems “right on!”. Do what you suggested, Bob, and stay commenting on this chapter “for some time”. I must get to that book.

    • fictionfitz March 8, 2014 / 6:37 am

      I should be able to do that, today is Duke day. Going to pick up a dog named Duke.

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