Sensuousness means something that has to do with our five senses. Sensuousness is that trait of poetry which influences our five senses i.e., hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting. Sensuous poetry appeals to our senses. Sensuous poets do not present any moral idea or philosophy in their poetry. Their chief concern is to write poetry just for the sake of poetry. They are fond of presenting us such pictures which may arouse our senses. Sensuous poetry deals with concrete images instead of abstract images.
In this sense, John Keats is the most sensuous poet in the history of English literature. He is called the mystic of senses. He is sensuous to the core of his heart in his poetry. His imagery is sensuous to a great extent. In one of his letters, he says, O for a life of sensation than of thoughts. John Keats poems are loaded with concrete and sensuous imagery. In Ode to Nightingale, he appeals to our sense of sight:
“O Attic shape! Fair attitude! With brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the troubles weed.”
Then he gives us more lines of poetry which directly appeal to our sense of hearing. As the following lines from the Ode to Nightingale prove him a complete sensuous poet:
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;”