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All the sonnets, written in Crowley's undergraduate hand, are homosexual and masochistic in tone, and for the time unpublishably explicit.
-Neil Pearson Rare Books
The sonnet sequence seems to address his love affair with Herbert Jerome Pollitt, conducted whilst the pair were up at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Pollitt, in his guise of theatrical female impersonator, also answered to the name Dine de Rougy. Crowley arrived at Cambridge in 1895, the two met in October 1897, and the affair was over by the following year.
Crowley had made his way to Holland for the Christmas of 1897 after breaking up with Pollitt, but the couple spent the holiday writing each other letters by turn beseeching and flirtacious, and they were reconciled on New Year's Eve.
Herbert Jerome Pollit
This little book of poems, written during the painful final breakdown of the couple's relationship, is thought to be the earliest Crowley manuscript in existence.
The Amsterdam Notebook
Sonnets. E. Aleister Crowley fecit
Love me or leave me
Your love is light
To pass through the pale streets
I, who am dying for thy kiss
He, who seduced me first
A sailor's kiss is branded
Did you speak truly?
The old dark evening
Rondels & Songs, &c. E. Aleister Crowley fecit
The End -- rondel
The Red Lips of the Octopus
In Fur and Silk poem
Xmas -- ballad
Parody on above
Interesting, but unsure if this thread is meant to be informative or somehow yet another "bad, Aleister, bad" dooby-do.