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Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
by Robert Browning

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG

Sure, this poem takes place in a monastery, but the speaker still manages to work in some lustful thoughts. He checks out the women bathing down by the river in spite of his vow of chastity (lines 25-32) and he owns a "scrofulous French novel," which was probably erotic, if not downright pornographic (lines 57-58).

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