The Most Famous Sensual Poem

If the Song of Solomon is a poem then it qualifies for this one. In the nineteenth century the Reverend E. P. Eddrupp, Prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral wrote in a commentary on the Old Testament “Such a book as the Song of Solomon may not be fitted for public reading in a mixed congregation, or even for private reading by the impure in heart.” The first-century Pharisees wondered whether the Song should have a place in the Canon: the problem was that the Song so clearly celebrates physical (or carnal) love and makes no reference to God. Inevitably there were endless attempts to interpret the Song metaphorically or allegorically. It is supposed to have been written about 400 B.C., during the reign of Artaxerxes II.

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