Crashaw and Rochester: poet or pornographer, with Jane Sand
These two 17th century poets used the hitherto uncharted waters of pornography as part of serious poetry.
Two very different 17th century poets used very explicit, sometimes startlingly surprising sexual imagery for very different purposes. Crashaw, a Catholic convert whose work is reminiscent of the sensuality of Rubens and the ecxtasies of El Greco, he is a religious poet of a kind little known in English literature, Rochester on the other hand, is a satirist, a wit, a self-confessed libertine with a grim, often macabre sense of humour; he describes himself as “The maimed debauchee.”
A talk on two excitingly different English poets by Jane Sand.