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Analysis

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG

This poem wants to be a sexy poem, but it just isn't going to happen. There's a lot of longing, but the shyness of the wife in the beginning means we don't get to hear any of the good stuff. The sexiest part is when the wife says she wants to have her dust mingle with her husband's. Hot stuff, right? However, this isn't to ignore that this poem is a romantic and beautiful portrayal of love in a long-distance relationship.

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