Study Guide

A Season in Hell Steaminess Rating

By Arthur Rimbaud

Steaminess Rating

PG

For a poem written about a nasty break-up, in which the speaker fantasizes about all sorts of things, "A Season in Hell" has surprisingly little sex in it. We do have an "infernal Spouse […] who ruined the foolish virgins" (96), though, and the speaker's probably not talking about financial ruin here. Still, Rimbaud wrote poems that were way bawdier than this.

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