Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
by Ezra Pound
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
Pound might spend more than a few lines celebrating the god of wine and sex (Dionysus), but he never really mentions sex directly in the poem. If anything, he spends most of his time talking about a type of classical beauty that isn't connected to sex at all. He likes to talk about the beauty of nude paintings, sure; but there's really nothing in this poem that could be considered sexual or steamy. Nope, if a reader's looking for steam, they'll have to read a different poem.