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Canto II
Canto II
by Ezra Loomis Pound

Tough-O-Meter

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)

(7) Snow Line

There might be a reference or two you need to Google, but for the most part, you should be able to stick with this poem. The middle section (lines 40-129) is way easier to follow than the opening (1-39) and closing (130-157) sections, where Pound really likes to jump around a lot. But the real meat of this story is in the section from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and if you do a little work and maybe check out a super-Shmoopy summary of Book III from Ovid, you should be good to go.

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