The Cupid’s School Classic Love Seduction Bulletin, Issue I

Illustration featuring the ancient Roman messenger god Mercury
Ornament featuring the ancient Roman messenger god Mercury, by Adolphe Giraldon (1855-1933). Image from ‘Larousse Mensuel Illustré’, June 1911

Here at Cupid’s School, I like to share love-seduction-and-literary-related content to help us cultivate our intrinsic (imaginative, intellectual, social, and creative) potential and so become extraordinary lovers.

And, that’s not just the content I’ve written and published myself, but some too that I’ve encountered elsewhere.

Periodically then, I’ll be sharing a few links to some notable content I’ve discovered elsewhere on the Internet.

So, this is The Cupid’s School Classic Love Seduction Bulletin – your periodic digest of relevant (and sometimes even, more or less, extraordinary) content I’ve espied abroad.

And so, like me, I think you’re likely to find the following links helpful or, otherwise, interesting …


On the Redemptive Power of Literature

I recently encountered a perceptive, and even somewhat haunting, essay related to the art of self-cultivation through transcendent literary culture – a chief theme here at Cupid’s School. Its author Richard Bausch then considers the civilising, and essentially redemptive, potential of imaginative literature:

For me, the greatest hedge against that evil [i.e. the pervasive fog and relentless onslaught of menacing and manifest violence] has always been the power to imagine the other. To enter into the reality of the other. And literature is, isn’t it, an exploration of and confrontation with the other. My father had a thing he used to say to us when we were growing up, and it is so simple: “Everybody, one at a time.” He explained that the idea was not to make any assumptions about the people we would come into contact with in our lives — not to believe or be influenced by the stereotypes and prejudices of life in the world, but to see each person first as an individual someone: everybody, one at a time.

I think this is the basis for all good fiction, no matter who produces it.

Likewise, in recent years whilst planning this blog, I’ve devoted a considerable amount of reading and an extensive amount of thought to my own attempt to clarify the essential soul-enriching and life-enhancing benefits, or potential benefits, of timeless literature, as I’ve experienced them over the years, and to understanding this arcane literary alchemy. And so, God willing, I’ll soon be publishing the fruits of these toils here at Cupid’s School.

In the meantime, you can grab a cuppa … or a draught of something stronger even … and then read, and reflect upon, Richard Bausch’s smouldering meditation on the redemptive power of literature – at Medium.


‘Read Poetry Out Loud’: A Fine Performance of Ovid’s Art of Love Book I – by Kerzo

Hats off to kerzo, a contemporary student of our patron poet Ovid. He delivers a sterling, and eminently charming, performance of a good, and freely accessible, modern translation of the first book (abridged) of Ovid’s classic love seduction masterpiece.

You can watch Kerzo’s inspiring performance – on YouTube.

What’s more, it sounds like Kerzo’s a worthy poet in his own right. So, while you there, you might enjoy his others videos as well, like Dead Wood and a Blank Page and And Why Not?

This chap, I think, is simply inspirational.

In the words of this extraordinary poet Kerzo then, ‘Read poetry out loud’! If it’s any good, you’ll not only vicariously experience something new or see something differently, or more profoundly, but you’ll also experience the enchanting and seductive magic of well-chosen and finely-ordered words.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order;—poetry = the best words in the best order.

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Table Talk’ (July 12, 1827)

Plus, you may even find yourself, as I did, a little more eloquent too. And, that, I think, is just part of the alchemical magic of poetry.


Are Women Really, Intrinsically, Less Lascivious than Men?

In the first item in this bulletin, Richard Bausch talks of a need to look beyond ‘the stereotypes and prejudices of life in the world’. On a similar note then, here’s an intriguing little social experiment I stumbled upon:

Man uses hidden crotch cam to catch women staring at and photographing his giant bulge while he pretends to nap on subway.

You can watch Women are Lascivious, too – at LiveLeak.

Sneaky, hey?

Of course, this, though, is nothing new. It’s noted by Ovid (over 2000 years ago), in the words here of Dryden’s translation, in the first book of his Ars Amatoria (Art of Love):

To secret pleasure both the sexes move;
But women most, who most dissemble love.


Ovid’s Art of Love

In fact, dear reader, our immortal poet Ovid’s classic love seduction masterpiece Ars Amatoria (Art of Love) simply abounds with timeless (and, indeed, poetic) amorous insight and inspiration.

These extraordinary books then are succinctly packed with a rare stash of timeless, and time-tested, dazzlingly witty epigrammatic tips, for both men and women, on the art of classic love seduction and how to become an extraordinary lover.

What’s more, Ovid’s sage instructions are liberally seasoned throughout with his illuminating figures of speech and his enchanting tales and witty references and allusions from classical mythology and the ancient world. He teaches his art then whilst expanding his student’s imagination and enlarging his or her eloquence and wit.

The Word of Venus abridged editions

And so, I’ve edited and annotated and, indeed, revised and formatted these books to bring you the most accessible and elegant version of each you’ll find available anywhere today.

These then are the unprecedented Word of Venus editions. They’re easy-to-read-and-scan user-friendly manuals for the twenty-first century … and for today’s students, and would-be students, of Ovid’s amorous art.

And, they’re a joy, too, to read out loud.

So, unlock and discover the timeless art of classic love seduction … with the Word of Venus abridged editions of Ovid’s classic love seduction masterpiece Ars Amatoria (Art of Love).

Simply visit wordofvenus.com to get your copies today.


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