Study Guide

In Memoriam A.H.H. Steaminess Rating

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Steaminess Rating


In this poem, the speaker is grieving over the loss of his close friend, which isn't really conducive to anything steamy. There are a few references to holding hands and hugging and some mentions of "breasts" (though never used in a sexual manner—we're talking the nineteenth-century flowery language for "heart"). A "procuress" (female pimp) also makes an appearance, but it's just a brief reference without further elaboration. There are also several extended metaphors involving the love husbands have for wives (and vice versa), but Tennyson keeps things sparkling clean.