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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to Cesar Vallejo Summary & Analysis

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Ode to Cesar Vallejo Summary

In lines 1-53, Neruda is remembering Cesar Vallejo, describing his face as wrinkled like the face of a mountain, his eyes like black twilight. Vallejo was host to many emotions, a new one each hour. Neruda is talking about his life and times, knowing this man. Neruda describes Vallejo's "sand falling," meaning he watches the grains fall through this man's hourglass. It measures him, empties him.

In lines 54-73, he tells a story of their time together in Paris and Spain. Neruda says that when Vallejo died, his memory of those times together is what remained.

In lines 74-124, Neruda is saying that Vallejo was twice exiled: once from his homeland of Peru, and then again from the earth, in death. Neruda says he never missed Vallejo in life, but he misses him in death. He searches...

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