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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

They Flee from Me Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG-13

"They Flee from Me" is a pretty sexy poem. A girl's dress falls off, the speaker mentions that he has had women over for some late night fun at least twenty times, and he even complains that the girls he has now are out ranging around (i.e., looking for new sexual partners). While the speaker is delicate while talking about sex (he doesn't just come right out and say it), the fact that he speaks with "nicer" words (e.g. he compares sexual activities to "bread") only heightens the poem's excitement and intrigue.

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