Study Guide

Auguries of Innocence Steaminess Rating

By William Blake

Steaminess Rating

PG

You can't really say "harlot" in a G-rated poem. But aside from all the references to prostitution, there's not really any wild and crazy erotic hi-jinks in this poem—you'll have to check out Blake's "Visions of the Daughters of Albion" for those. (And by today's standards, Blake is still restrained.) Overall, "Auguries" is a pretty tame poem, really. Of course, you have a lot of horrific, violent animal abuse—but, hey, so does Dumbo. For some reason, you can get away with violence more than you can get away with sex, as far as ratings go (Jaws was just PG). So we're going to stick with a solid and respectable PG rating.

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