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On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer
by John Keats


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)

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Sure, we've got some specific references that have to be looked up: Chapman's Homer, Apollo, Cortez, Darien. But once you've done a little recon, the poem is pretty straightforward. It's got a simple metaphor—that books are like undiscovered lands—and even though it rewards a careful reader with some complex interpretations about the poet's role, there isn't much here that makes your head spin.

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