Study Guide

Adam's Curse Tough-o-Meter

By William Butler Yeats

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base Camp

Though the speaker believes poetry should take a lot of work, he believes that the lines themselves are supposed to look effortless. Apparently Yeats agrees. It's a relatively smooth poem to read, with few perplexing words or stumbling blocks in our way and only an occasional symbol to ponder.