Study Guide

Goblin Market Sex Rating

By Christina Rossetti

Sex Rating


Most of the sexy stuff in "Goblin Market" is implied, rather than explicitly described. There are some lines that are almost ludicrously erotic – they're so over-the-top that it's hard not to laugh as you read them. Yet Christina Rossetti insisted her whole life that it was a children's poem. So we're going to compromise, and give the poem a PG-13 rating.