Study Guide

Canto XLV Steaminess Rating

By Ezra Pound

Steaminess Rating


Sure, Pound sort of mentions sex in this poem when he talks about how usura has "brought palsey to be" (45), but he only mentions sex for the sake of saying that the "young bride and her bridegroom" can't have any (46). The modern obsession with money pretty much ruins everything that's beautiful about human life, at least according to Pound. It's really only the mention of "whores" in line 48 that bumps this thing up to PG-13. That's just not nice language, Ezzie.

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