Study Guide

Church Going Steaminess Rating

By Philip Larkin

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Steaminess Rating


Larkin is definitely not above talking about sex inside a church, but he doesn't happen to do it in "Church Going." There's not even so much as a sexy euphemism in this poem. Larkin's concerns here are almost entirely faith-based, except for the odd occasion when he's concerned with the condition of a church's roof. Nothing all that steamy.

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