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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

by Sir Walter Ralegh

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

G

There is not much going on here in the sexiness department, folks. In fact, this poem is so devoid of steaminess that it's hard to believe that it's a response to a very lusty love poem. Mixed in with all the depressing winter imagery, though, we do get a couple flares of something that might almost be desire somewhere in the discussion of eternal youth in the final stanza. It's not much, but it's all we've got.

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