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by Seamus Heaney


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(5) Tree Line

The terrain is navigable, but don't forget your compass or you might end up a little lost. OK, so what's on the surface of "Blackberry-Picking" is completely straightforward, but check out all those layers! It's true that you can enjoy the poem for what it is after the first read, but we recommend a little deep digging to uncover the all those juicy symbols and metaphors, not to mention how the sound of the poem affects everything.

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