Musée des Beaux Arts
by W.H. Auden
Analysis: Sex Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
Bucolic landscapes and dying young men? That's about as unsexy as a poem can get, folks. Hey, it's hard to get excited about sex when you're so busy ignoring everything around you! And as our speaker points out, everyone is far, far too busy working or sailing or torturing to think about too much else.