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Persephone, Falling

Persephone, Falling


by Rita Dove

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


There's nothing really explicit here, but there are some second meanings to some of the lines. Either way, let's face it: the poem's about Hades having his way with a teenage goddess. Any poem about a story often called "the rape of Persephone" is one you read after the kids have gone to bed.

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