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Analysis: Sex Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


This sonnet in particular really doesn’t have anything in the way of sex, but if you read the poem in the context of all of Shakespeare's sonnets, it’d be hard to get away with a G rating. The whole series is intensely sexual, and the poems about the "fair youth," of which this is often considered a part, feature homoerotic romance between the speaker and a younger man. On its own, though, the poem is just kind of cute.

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