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Ode to My Socks

Ode to My Socks

by Pablo Neruda

Transformation Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

I slipped
my feet into them
as if
into
jewel cases
woven
with threads of
dusk
and sheep's wool. (8-16)

The socks, in this first instance of slipping onto the speaker's feet, undergo their first transformation from being an ordinary object to jewel cases, somehow magically made out of dusk. The elevation of the everyday begins here.

Quote #2

Audacious socks,
my feet became
two woolen
fish, (17-20)

Once the socks have transformed, they then transform their contents: the speaker's feet. The magic of poetic transformation is contagious.

Quote #3

two long sharks
of lapis blue
shot
with a golden thread, (21-24)

Now it looks like the socks and the feet are melding into one—the feet become sharks that are shot with golden thread.

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