Study Guide

London Steaminess Rating

By William Blake

Steaminess Rating

PG

There's no place for sex in a poem that's about poverty, death, chimney sweeping, blood, figurative and literal slavery, etc. Okay, yes, there's a very explicit reference to prostitution in the last stanza ("harlot"), but that harlot doesn't really do anything but curse. (And even then, Blake's too polite to tell us just what she said.) PG, friends.

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