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One Page Poetry Circle

March 12, 2013

Program Locations:

St. Agnes Library


Please join us for an hour of authentic conversation about poetry through the examination of

works of established poets. While there is no instructor and this is not a workshop for personal

writing, once a month OPPC gives everyone a place to become teachers and learners to explore

the form, content, language and meaning of poetry.


We will meet on March 12th to discuss Poetry and Seduction. Poetry has often
been written by a man trying to seduce a woman; for example, Andrew Marvell’s
“To His Coy Mistress,” which begins with the famous couplet, “Had we but world
enough, and time,/This coyness, Lady, were no crime.” But the relationship between
poetry and seduction can be more complicated as with Elizabeth Barrett’s account
of her courtship with Robert Browning, Poems from the Portuguese. The first
sonnet ends, “And a voice said in mastery, while I strove, —/‘Guess now who
holds thee!’—‘Death,’ I said, But, there,/The silver answer rang, ‘Not Death,
but Love.’” Love seduces Barrett back into life. Presenting the poems to her
husband after their marriage, the poems became another means of seduction.
Seduction can mean enticing someone into having sex, but it can also mean
something that tempts, attracts or charms. Poems can be seductive themselves or
describe seductive objects.

Join us for Poetry and Seduction on March 12th. In the meantime, visit our new
blog at
where we look forward to
discussing “To His Coy Mistress” or anything else to do with poetry!