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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to Clothes Summary & Analysis

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Ode to Clothes Summary

In lines 1-32, Neruda is personifying his clothes as waiting out the night for morning, to serve its purpose and be filled by our bodies, hopes, vanities and love. Neruda describes his morning routine in literal terms - waking, getting out of bed, and dressing. His clothing gives him tireless fidelity. In it, he goes out to face the world. He makes the clothes what they are, pushing out their sleeves and seams, and so the life of his clothes are made in his image.

In lines 33-70, our clothes live with us, and if we are struck down by a bullet, our blood stains them and they die with us. Or maybe the clothes will sicken gradually with us as we die slowly, and together we enter the earth with our clothes. With this in mind, everyday he...

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