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To Go
by Naomi Shihab Nye


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)

(3) Base Camp

The language is pretty simple, and Nye does us a favor by using lots of real life examples that are easy for us to imagine. On the other hand, though, with every stanza our focus shifts and the definition of fame expands some. There's no way we can grasp all these definitions—and how they contrast with one another—without a couple of readings. So once you're finished, start all over again. You'll probably want to anyway, because this poem is a joy.

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