Well, being a homophobe, it probably would kill me. ~-^
Speaking of embarassing poems, the Puritans were usually very uptight, but the love poems that they wrote to each other should, in my opinion, not be read by anyone under 18.
P.S. - No, the only time I get excited by a piece of art is when I am outraged by it, like that "Piss Christ" piece of art a few years back that was funded by my tax dollars. Usually I just accept it without it sinking in and move on, or think that the particular work is stupid and disregard it, I'm just not a very artsy guy.