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Sonnet 94

Sonnet 94


by William Shakespeare

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


There isn't any explicit sex in this poem, but sometimes you see an undercurrent of desire that would definitely earn this poem a Parental Guidance rating. This mainly comes up in Lines 3-4, where we learn about how the powerful people are good at "moving others" even while they themselves are "to temptation slow." What kind of "temptation" are they luring others into and not giving into themselves? We'd say sexual temptation is a safe bet, though, in keeping with the general mysteriousness of this poem, Shakespeare doesn't give us any specifics, so there's nothing too steamy afoot.

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