Topic sentence: Galway Kinnell’s “Last Gods “is a real description of the act of love making in an artistic and erotic way. To be honest, it is really my first time to encounter a very evocative poem, at the beginning of the lines, I feel a little bit intimidated and shy and blushing at the same time because it depicts a very sensitive and sensual topic that some of us considered as a taboo, but as I read along the way, I realized that the author carefully polished every words to deliver an erotic poem in a artistic possible way without compromising the quality of its work.
Here is my thought why the “Last Gods “is a real description of the act of love making in an erotic way. “The hair of their bodies startles up. They cry in the tongue of the last gods, who refused to go, chose death, and shuddered in joy and shattered in pieces, bequeathing in their cries into the human mouth”. Here man and woman are in their natural state and a part of nature. It’s about the perfect pleasure that is possible to receive from sharing our bodies with each other. It portrays a give and take relationship between the two bodies that are enjoying the most beautiful gift of heaven which is a love making in a perfect way. He puts a berry in its shirt of mist into her mouth. She swallows it. He puts in another.
She swallows it. Over the lake two swallows whim, juke, jink, and when one snatches an insect they both whirl up and exult”. Here the body is honored, respected and considered a sacred element. It implies an emotional context that is life enhancing. There are no rough words that show disrespect, emotional coldness and even no trace of aggression, just purely a poem that embodies intensity, sensuality and honesty, which makes it an amazing descriptive erotic poem indeed. Now in the lake two faces float, looking up at a great maternal pine whose branches open out in all directions explaining everything” The poem truly accomplished its artistic intention up to the last words of its stanza. The flow of the words of the poem is simply perfect. There is no shame, no looking away, no game in this piece of art poem but just a pure sheer of passionate words. It has a picturesque, imaginative, and stimulating characters as well as a very detailed sensuality description that truly adds the magic to the soul of this lascivious and voluptuous piece of the renowned artist.
The author as well uses symbols in his poem. “She opens her legs showing her great beauty”, here the “great beauty” symbolizes the female genital part. “He puts a berry in its shirt of mist into her mouth”, the “berry” here, symbolizes the male genital part. As for a conclusion, I therefore conclude that the author, “Galway Kinnell” brilliantly managed to capture the erotic elements of love making while also playing on the importance of relationship and the relationship is the soul of love making. Last Gods” is about being in the experience instead of distancing yourself. Indeed it is an erotic poem and not a pornographic poem as it complies with the three characteristics of erotica as the poem has a reciprocal relation, emotional context that is life enhancing as well as, it has an artistic intention. It is a simply the real description of the act of love making in an artistic and erotic way.
*Galway, Kinnell. “Last God. ” The Good Life: love. ED. Patricia Gordon. Montreal: John Abbott College, 2004. 88. Print.