Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

London Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG

There's no place for sex in a poem that's about poverty, death, chimney sweeping, blood, figurative and literal slavery, etc. Okay, yes, there's a very explicit reference to prostitution in the last stanza ("harlot"), but that harlot doesn't really do anything but curse. (And even then, Blake's too polite to tell us just what she said.) PG, friends.

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