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by Octavio Paz

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

(7) Snow Line

Don't worry if you get tripped up in all those poetic "vertigos" and lose your sense of up and down while you're making this climb. Paz throws in a lot of mysterious references to ancient figures and uses some flowery language to make his point, but his definition of poetry is a really beautiful one, once you make the climb to put it all together.

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