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The Laboratory

The Laboratory


by Robert Browning

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


We hate to disappoint, but there's not a ton of actual sex here. Still, all the stuff about finding the most painful way to make a woman die so her boyfriend has to watch her writhe in agony might be a little intense for the kids. Plus there's that stuff at the end about kissing the old man on the mouth—not sexy for sure (!), but again, probably not for the whole family.

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