Study Guide

Sonnet 94 Steaminess Rating

By William Shakespeare

Steaminess Rating


There isn't any explicit sex in this poem, but sometimes you see an undercurrent of desire that would definitely earn this poem a Parental Guidance rating. This mainly comes up in Lines 3-4, where we learn about how the powerful people are good at "moving others" even while they themselves are "to temptation slow." What kind of "temptation" are they luring others into and not giving into themselves? We'd say sexual temptation is a safe bet, though, in keeping with the general mysteriousness of this poem, Shakespeare doesn't give us any specifics, so there's nothing too steamy afoot.