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by Octavio Paz

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)

(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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