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The Black Heralds

The Black Heralds


by César Vallejo

Stanza 5 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Line 17

There are blows in life, so powerful…I don't know!

  • The final line is a repetition of the first and, after all that depressing imagery, the fact that we still don't know what it's all for is even harder to take.
  • You might even say that this poem is like those blows in life—it's powerful stuff, even if it's powerfully depressing.

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