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The Wild Iris
The Wild Iris
by Louise Glück


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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"The Wild Iris" draws you in with its simple vocabulary and conversational tone, but the speaker, setting, and message are pretty mysterious. So you'll probably enjoy hiking this trail more than once.

Shmoop thinks of "The Wild Iris" as the gift that keeps on giving. The more we read it, the more we're into it. Don't worry if you feel like you never quite connect all the dots. In the end, "The Wild Iris" is a poem that may speak more to your heart than your head.

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