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POETRY

 

This page is under construction and still includes mention of only a tiny fraction of all the Greek love poetry that has been published.

 

Abu Nuwas or Hasan ibn Hani al-Hakami, Poems, a selection translated and adapted by Hakim Bey as O Tribe that Loves Boys, Amsterdam, 1993.

Abu Nuwas or Hasan ibn Hani al-Hakami, Poems, a selection translated by Jaafar Tarab as Carousing with Gazelles: Homoerotic Songs of Old Baghdad, 2005.  A mere seventeen of Abu Nuwas's many pederastic poems, well annotated but rendered into English verse at a significant cost to accurate translation.

Anon., Altercatio Ganimedis et Helene, 12th-century ms. edited by Rolf Lenzen & published in Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 7 (1972), pp. 161-186; first translated into English as "Ganymede and Helen" by John Boswell in his Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (Chicago, 1980), pp. 381-9. Read on this website. A debate between the prime examplars of boyish and female beauty as to the relative merits of loving their kind.

Anon., Ganymede and Hebe, late 12th-century ms. Latin original and English translation by John Boswell both first published in his Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (Chicago, 1980), pp. 392-8. Read on this website a slightly corrected version of the Latin with a new translation by Thomas Stehling in his Medieval Latin Poems of Male Love and Friendship (New York, 1984), pp. 130-135.  A vitriolic dispute before the council of heaven over Ganymede having taken Hebe's place as cupbearer to the gods.

Baldric "of Bourgeuil", later Archbishop of Dol, Poems, written ca. 1078-1107. In Latin. Published as Baldricus Burgulianus Carmina edited by Karlheinz Hilbert, Heidelberg 1979. At least 18 of these 254 poems were addressed to boys, many of them in the language of desire.

Barnfield, Richard, The Teares of an Affectionate Shepheard Sicke for Love, London, 1594.

Barnfield, Richard, Cynthia, with certain Sonnets, and the legend of Cassandra, 1595.

Beccadelli, Antonio, The Hermaphrodite, Bologna, 1425/6; translated from the Latin by Holt Parker, Harvard, 2010.  Epigrams inspired by classical models and celebrating vice in general, but best-known and most controversial for those that are pederastic.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, Passing the Love of Women and Other Poems, London, 1913.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, In Quest of Love and Other Poems, London, 1913.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, Lays of Love and Life, London, 1916.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, The New Chivalry and Other Poems, London, 1918.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, The Romance of Youth and Other Poems, London, 1920.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, Ralph Rawdon: a Story in Verse, London, 1922.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, The True Aristocracy, London, 1923.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, The Kingdom within You and Other Poems, London, 1927.

Bradford, Revd. Edwin, Boyhood, London, 1930.

Chubb, Ralph, A Fable of Love and War, privately printed, Curridge, Berkshire, 1925.  The tale of a warrior who refuses a boy of 16's demand to possess him the night before  a battle, and a girl who then seduces the boy.

Chubb, Ralph, The Book of God's Madness, privately printed, Aldermaston, 1928.  A long poem in blank verse proclaiming the author's love of boys.

Chubb, Ralph, Songs of Mankind, privately printed, Aldermarston, 1930.  A powerful collection of poems illustrated with woodcuts, some erotic, which continues to expound the author's philosophy of boy-love.

Chubb, Ralph, Songs Pastoral and Paradisal, privately printed, Brockweir, 1935.

Chubb, Ralph, Water Cherubs: a Book of Original Drawings and Poetry, privately printed, Aldermaston, 1937. Rhyming couplets about boys bathing, with an introduction and postscript on boy-love and a little erotic prose fable, "Alfie's Tale".

De Mérode, Willem (pen name of Willem Eduard Keuning), Ganymedes, De Gulden Ster, Amsterdam, 1924. A long poem about Zeus and Ganymede.

Douglas, Lord Alfred, Poems. Poèmes, Paris, 1896, in French and English on opposing pages.  The definitive, unexpurgated edition of Douglas's poems.

Douglas, Norman (editor), Some Limericks, privately printed, 1929.  Read the Greek love content here. All are sexual, but only four of the main fifty, and one more in the notes, are pederastic.  Douglas’s  erudite explanatory notes are entertaining.

Fazil Bey, "Enderunlu", four erotic poems in Turkish written ca. 1792-1810, periodically published but never translated into English except for Zenannâme Englished as "The Book of Women" by E. Powys Mathers in his Eastern Love, vol. III, London, 1927. Read the Greek love content of the latter and a description of the others. His Hubannâme (Book of Beautiful Boys) was transliterated into modern Turkish (Istanbul, 1945) and very loosely and anonymously translated into French as Le Livre des Beaux (Paris, 1909).

George, Stefan, Algabal, 1892. In German only.  Love poetry dedicated to a boy, much of it about the Roman boy Emperor Elagabalus.

Hilary, known as the Englishman, early 12th-century poems edited by J. J. Champollion-Figeac as  Hilarii versus et ludi (Paris, 1838).  Read the Greek love ones, as translated by John Boswell in his Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality, Chicago, 1980, pp. 372-4, and Thomas Stehling in his Medieval Latin Poems of Male Love and Friendship (New York, 1984), pp.71-75 Though Hilary also wrote a love poem to a woman, his four most passionate poems were addressed to boys.

Hummingbird, A Boy on the Bus, online only, 2008.  Read on this website. A single poem relating how a boy of 14 became a boy-lover, apparently in the 1970s.

Kaylor, Michael Matthew (editor), Lad’s Love. An Anthology of Uranian Poetry and Prose, 2 vols., Kansas City, 2010. The definitive collection of the writings of the Uranians, here constituting forty-seven English writers on pederasty in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, edited with copious bibliographic information.

Kirmani, Awhaduddin, Quatrains, 13th century, translated from the Persian as Heart's Witness, the Sufi Quatrains of Awhaduddin Kirmani, by P. L. Wilson and B. N. Weischer, Tehran, 1978.  A selection of the quatrains of a philosopher-poet who believed the Almighty revealed himself to man most perfectly through the beauty of boys.

Klingsor, Tristan (pen name of Léon Leclère), Schéhérazade, Mercure de France, Paris, 1903. In French only. The texts for the composer Maurice Ravel's song cycle of the same name, many of them implicitly addressed to a boy.

Nicholson, John Gambril, Love in Earnest: a Sequence of Fifty Sonnets in the Second Person, Elliot Stock, London, 1892. PDF. Fifty sonnets retailing the author’s love affair with a person of unspecified gender, in fact the boy pupil of 14 to whom they were dedicated, followed by ballads and lyrics where the boy-love is made plain.

Nicholson, John Gambril, A Chaplet of Southernwood, F.E. Murray, Ashover, Derbyshire, 1896. Verses celebrating the beauty of a boy pupil the author had loved from when he was 13.

Nicholson, John Gambril, A Garland of Ladslove, Francis Edwin Murray, London, 1911. Verses written for another boy pupil the author had loved from when he was 13, not very happily since the boy could not reciprocate his ardour.  

Owen, Wilfred, Wilfred Owen: The Complete Poems and Fragments edited by Jon Stallworthy, Oxford, 1983. Read the Greek love content. Five of the poems by this greatest of the English 1st World War poets are of obvious Greek love interest, whilst others could be considered such once Owen's attraction to boys has been understood.

Reid, Anthony (editor), The Eternal Flame: A World Anthology of Homosexual Verse (2000 B.C.-2000 A.D.), 2 vols., USA, 1992-2002.  Despite the title, the verse is purely pederastic. The translations into English, which account for most of the verse, are vivid and lusciously beautiful, but hardly faithful in spirit, less still word.

Shakespeare, William, Sonnets, London, 1609.  154 sonnets, of which the first 126 expressed profound love for the "fair youth" to whom they were addressed, and whose identity has been the subject of much controversy ever since.

Slocum, Edward M., Men and Boys: An Anthology, New York, 1924. Reprinted, with An Appreciation by T. d'Arch Smith and an Introduction by Donald H. Mader, New York, 1978.  A heavily edited and short, but not expurgated anthology of ancient to early modern Greek love verse.

Straton of Sardis, Musa Puerilis (Boyish Muse), 2nd century, best translated from the Greek by W.R.Paton in The Greek Anthology IV,  Loeb Classics, 1918.   A collection of frank, but not coarse, poems about boys providing unrivaled insight into the thoughts of a dedicated lover of boys in antiquity.

Stuart-Young, John Moray, Through Veiled Eyes. Being the story of a dead lad's love, London, 1908. A paean to a loved boy.

Warren, Edward Perry, writing as Arthur Lyon Raile, Itamos, 1903, augmented in later editions of 1907, 1909 and 1913 and finally with the new title The Wild Rose, 1928.  Published with his handwriiten glosses in The Collected Works and Commissioned Biography of Edward Perry Warren, 2 vols., edited with  by Michael Matthew Kaylor, Brno, 2013. The original 44 Greek love poems were steadily augmented to 95.