The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
by Sir Walter Ralegh
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
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.