Study Guide

The Ruined Maid Steaminess Rating

By Thomas Hardy

Steaminess Rating

PG-13

Okay, so there's nothing too hot or steamy in this poem. Normally we'd say this is a very un-sexual poem. However, that pesky little word "ruined" reminds us that something sexual is lurking in the background. Our pal 'Melia is clearly no stranger to the sexual universe, and it's nearly impossible to read this poem without thinking about sex to some degree. We'll go ahead and give it a PG-13, just because we know something dirty went on at some point.

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