John Knight

(8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)

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The Art of True Love


The Art of Love is not to be confused with the Act of Making Love.
The latter can sometimes be merely physical (especially for men)
the former is Spiritual and involves the Heart the Mind and the Spirit.

To write about the Art of Love within
The compass of a poem short as this
We must define the boundaries of the theme
To rein it in within the 'Realms of Bliss'

The Art of Love is not the Act of Love
But attitude before the act takes place
The way in which relationships proceed
Sustained by love and joy and peace and grace.

The act of love is physical - especially
With certain breeds of unromantic men
The Art of Love is understood by ladies
Who appreciate its usage now and then!

The perfect Art of Love is gentle courtship
The pleasuring of the object of your love
The Art of Love is caring and carressing
The little things which loves assurance prove.

The Art of Love needs always to be studied
The ins and outs the wherefores and the whys
The act of love is natural - but needs to be subdued
Control of taste and touch - control of eyes.

The Art of Love has changed through generations
The Etiquette of Love - a dying art
The days of 'fans' and 'bilette doux' have passed
Today emails and texting play their part.

To learn the Art of Love is so essential
To oil the wheels of love as 'Boy meets Girl'
The Art of Love makes courtship much more gracious
Ameliorates the frantic Social Whirl.

The Art of Love asks all men to be Gentlemen
To show due deference to their Lady's charms
To coo and woo and buy them pretty presents
NOT like a Cave Man - grab them in their arms.

The Art of Love belongs to a byegone age when
Men were Men and Ladies were demure
Not drinking pints lager from the bottle
But gently sipping on a sweet liqueur!

The Art of Love is from a bygone age when
The Men would dress and preen before a date
And NOT wear tatty jeans - covered in baked beans
And never never ever turn up late!

The Art of Love is gentle the AOL is pure
The Art of Love to be preserved - deserves
It treats Ladies with respect and gives the Men
A chance to show their chivalry and reserve.

So if my fellow Men would wish sucess in love
To win the heart of whom is their desire
They must learn about their role - in the Art of Love
And ways of subjugating passion's fire.

And Ladies of PH who long for manly men
To woo them courteously with words and flowers
Remember you must be discrete and feminine
Turn up on time - don't make him wait for hours.

If only men would show the basic Art of Love
They manage to acquire for their Prom
The Girls would be delighted - The Boys would
All be Knighted with love exploding - like a BOMB

Submitted: Saturday, December 19, 2009
Edited: Monday, December 05, 2011

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  • Elena Sandu (12/29/2013 7:37:00 PM)

    How very true:
    The Art of Love is not to be confused with the Act of Making Love.
    The latter can sometimes be merely physical (especially for men)
    the former is Spiritual and involves the Heart the Mind and the Spirit.
    Thank you for share, Elena (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/29/2013 9:00:00 AM)

    ............you said a mouthful with this masterpiece...love it..

    ~The Art of Love asks all men to be Gentlemen
    To show due deference to their Lady's charms
    To coo and woo and buy them pretty presents
    NOT like a Cave Man - grab them in their arms.~ (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (12/29/2013 5:02:00 AM)

    It is strange that all citical comments are beamed away..Is this the way to really work at poetry? (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (12/29/2013 4:54:00 AM)

    For me very mannered and with a forced, pseudo-literary style, well written, but not the kind of work that I like.
    Many will like this. (Report) Reply

  • Amy (5/15/2010 6:17:00 AM)

    Simply amazing, is all that really can be said. Such thought into that poem
    Rated, a well deserved 10 (Report) Reply

  • Vanessa Cabrera (3/19/2010 3:47:00 AM)

    Oh dear! How romantic it was, i wish all men know that, courtship is important to a relationship. (Report) Reply

  • Vanessa Cabrera (3/19/2010 3:47:00 AM)

    Oh dear! How romantic it was, i wish all men know that, courtship is important to a relationship. (Report) Reply

  • Munia Khan (2/15/2010 2:59:00 AM)

    I simply dare not write any opinion on this particular poem for what you have written here is so very true.....yes....very very true......I think you are a psychiatrist as well if i am not wrong.Thank you for expressing our hearts through your verse.......
    Munia (Report) Reply

  • Emu Getachew (2/5/2010 12:48:00 PM)

    My dearest, the piece is candid. I see that you’ve put a lot of thought into it. However, you’ve made us ponder. At least that’s what I am doing. The art of love is a dying art. At times, I feel we failed to protect courtship, which is a major gift for any beginning. (Report) Reply

  • g black black (2/4/2010 7:00:00 PM)

    whoo dear john what a great poem, i like it and totally true whoo i just wish that all of will think that way, , i totally love it, best poem of the day
    10 (Report) Reply

  • V H Ferguson (1/29/2010 4:16:00 PM)

    John, my dear friend, what a wonderful poem! The message is simple and so true, the art of love is a dying thing, love and lust are too often confused.
    Beautifully written and the rhythm of it is perfect. (Report) Reply

  • Beauty Philosophy (1/19/2010 3:33:00 AM)

    This poem is a good lesson for the men of this era. They need to learn the ART of love and set it quite apart from the art of ape-like lust...Thnx for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Eyan Desir (1/13/2010 3:52:00 AM)

    The art of love is complicated
    there must be understanding
    2 vessels must be open minded
    love a only is not enough
    to make it last, since is just an emotion
    the most important substance in love
    John is finding a right parnter
    you can take that to the bank......
    good write......and thanks for your words (Report) Reply

  • Ritty Patnaik (12/30/2009 3:06:00 PM)

    dear john......this would make a good read for the new generation! i would surely vouch that i believe ths poem can be a motivator for the young to learn the art of true love....good the knowledge is being passed on.best wishes.
    ritty (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (12/28/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    1.We must define the boundaries of the theme
    To rein it in within the 'Realms of Bliss'.........The opening sets the rules of of the game and intent of the poem.....grand opening, simple, subtle and stimulating..urges one to move on......

    2. The Art of Love is not the Act of Love
    you have meticuluosly differentiated the two...most of the humans would say that they understand the difference and know these two like back of their palm...but reality is poles apart, when you see the modern day love being butchered on the altars of materialism day in day out......


    3. The act of love is............ladies
    Who appreciate its usage now and then - very important lesson here and reflection of harsh reality....men being materialistic and ladies demanding generosity.....and patience of course....

    4. The perfect Art of Love is gentle.........
    The little things which loves assurance prove- this is a masterly verse...experience exudes here....

    The Art of Love needs always to be studied
    The ins and outs the wherefores and the whys
    The act of love is natural - but needs to be subdued
    Control of taste and touch - control of eyes.

    5.The Art of Love has changed......Transition shown here quite respendently..how modern tools have replaced the tradition yet the languasge spoken and the vibes are same....
    6. To oil the wheels of love as 'Boy meets Girl'
    Ameliorates the frantic Social Whirl............lovely metaphors here...and the subtle sarcasm makes one think and wonder at modern day love....

    7.he Art of Love asks all men to be Gentlemen..........
    NOT like a Cave Man..........this is yet again a chring stanza, which is sort of your guide to art of love types....I am sure you shall find lot of takers for this philosophy and simiplictiy.....



    8. The Art of Love belongs to a byegone age when........this again brings us back to the harsh reality, where materialism and greed has taken over and is polluting the fabric of love by dyeing it with plain desires.....
    !

    9.The Art of Love is from a bygone age when
    The Men would dress and preen before a date
    And NOT wear tatty jeans - covered in baked beans
    And never never ever turn up late! ..............So true, that love has taken a casual form and has become a commodity that's traded on daily basis.....

    10.The Art of Love is gentle the AOL is pure
    ...............any love is incomplete with passionate respect....this is a wonderful lesson here for everyone who draws a breath from surroundings...this poem has a universal appeal.....

    11.And ways of subjugating passion's fire................. I could'nt agree more...

    12. And Ladies of PH.................
    Turn up on time - don't make him wait for hours..........rules do not differentiate between the two sides when one wants a fair game, , , , you have set the rules so tranparently here, that it pleases the readers heart....

    13.If.................. exploding - like a BOMB....a very powerful ending, summarising the whole stuff wonderfully well....

    Who doesnt want to fall in love now.....wow is the word John for this one....10 from me (Report) Reply

  • masked lady (12/27/2009 10:37:00 AM)

    GREAT PIECE! VERY INFORMATIVE. I like your piece, may it be read by people who think they fall in love to almost all the opposite gender they meet. (Report) Reply

  • Deidre Blair (12/26/2009 1:32:00 AM)

    This was more than a poem. It was a lesson taught. It was wisdom shared. If only we all knew the Art of Love......wow! (Report) Reply

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