Study Guide

Mac Flecknoe Steaminess Rating

By John Dryden

Steaminess Rating

PG-13

There's a bit of lewdness in "Mac Flecknoe," as was the case for most comedies in the time of Dryden. The Realm of Nonsense is characterized by prostitution as well as bad poetry, with the new king Shadwell ironically taking his throne in the heart of the brothel district. That's about where the sex stops, though, with Dryden seeming to prefer his scatological humor, of which "Mac Flecknoe" certainly has no shortage (check out lines 15-18, 49-55, and 94-101—if you dare).

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