Musée des Beaux Arts
Musée des Beaux Arts
by W.H. Auden

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)

(3) Base Camp

This little poem is a walk in the park, folks. It's got simple language, it tells a nice story, and, perhaps most importantly, it's actually pretty interesting. It sounds like a normal person speaking his relatively normal thoughts. Luckily for Auden, of course, he happens to tell one heck of a story. In fact, he tells a story without telling a story, if you know what we mean.

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