Study Guide

The Waste Land Steaminess Rating

By T.S. Eliot

Steaminess Rating

PG

Sure, there's a seduction scene in this poem (i.e., the typist and young man carbuncular), but no one's more offended by sex than good ol' prudish Eliot. He really seems freaked out by the whole idea of sex, and few readers are likely to feel scandalized by hearing about Tiresias' "wrinkled dugs." Grossed out, maybe.