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Beale Street Love

Beale Street Love

  

by Langston Hughes

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG

For a poem about love, in a setting full of alcohol, it's a little surprising that we don't hear more about sex in this poem than we do. Instead, we hear about violence. Innocent eyes may not be able to fully understand the sexual and emotional forces behind this violence, but there is nothing too risqué here for those eyes to handle.

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