Study Guide

The Vanity of Human Wishes Tough-o-Meter

By Samuel Johnson

Tough-o-Meter

(8) Snow Line

The historical allusions that litter this poem make it a difficult one to get through (thank goodness we're here to point them all out to you). That's not to mention Samuel Johnson's elaborate poetic language, which is pretty tough at times. But no fear! We're here to throw you a rope on this climb. You'll be enjoying the view in no time.

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