by Naomi Shihab Nye
Analysis: What's Up With the Title?
We don't think Nye spent a lot of time coming up with the title to this one. For one thing, it pretty simply tells us what the topic of the poem is. She also uses the word famous a total of fourteen times in the text of the poem. So, perhaps she was just aiming for a nice, neat fifteenth time. Either that, or she already had a poem called "Pulleys and Buttonholes."