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We Live by What We See at Night Summary & Study Guide

Martín Espada
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Lines 1-2

These first lines of "We Live by What We See at Night" introduce the tropical island of Puerto Rico, though readers are not sure who the poet is speaking too; who the "you" is yet (later in the poem readers learn he is referring to his father). The mountains "flicker in your sleep," suggesting this person isn't in Puerto Rico anymore, but rather, dreaming about it.

Lines 5-6

The poet, having described the lush green mountains of Puerto Rico in his father's dream, contrasts this with what his father saw when he woke up in New York or Texas, having been "evicted" from his homeland. Whereas the visions he saw while sleeping were natural and "green," when he wakes he sees more man-made structures like "rooftops" and "barracks," perhaps contrasting a more ideal garden-like island to cities where people have to crowd together in small apartment...

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