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A Season in Hell Tough-o-Meter

By Arthur Rimbaud

Tough-o-Meter

(9) Mount Everest

As the title might suggest, "A Season in Hell" is no picnic. Rimbaud throws multiple poetic forms, surrealist images, and an at-times hysterical speaker at us—and he does it for a couple hundred lines. If you've ever tried to listen to someone going through a bad break-up, then you've probably have had a similar experience. It can be a challenge to follow their scattered, traumatized thoughts as they race past you. Don't worry, though, Shmoop is here to back you up and push you to that mountain top.

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