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(9) Mount Everest

This is a toughie, no doubt about it. Some could even argue that this poem is tougher than Eliot's "The Waste Land." It uses just as many obscure references, but it's also longer by more than a hundred lines. On top of all that, Pound doesn't really have as much poetic control as Eliot does. His thinking is pretty all over the place, and even when you know all of his references and the words he's using, it's still really tough to put together what he's thinking.

But have no fear; Shmoop is here to help. You might want to spend some time with the line-by-line summary section of this learning guide to help you up that mountain.

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