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The Black Heralds

The Black Heralds

by César Vallejo

Suffering Theme

"The Black Heralds" revolves around life and experience being boiled down to a nice, swift kick in the pants. We poor humans can't get a break, and life really weighs us down, if you listen to this poem. Let's just say that if Eeyore had a favorite poem, this would probably be it.

Questions About Suffering

  1. Does the poem see suffering as something noble? Do you see any traces of martyrdom in the poem?
  2. Why does all experience seem to be linked to suffering in this poem?
  3. What does the man mentioned in the last stanza tell us about suffering?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The poem's only conclusion is that life is not worth living. Bad times.

Even though the poem only sees suffering, it still believes in humanity, and that life is worth living. Good times!

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