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Piedra de sol

Piedra de sol

  

by Octavio Paz

Piedra de sol Theme of Time

Time is almost as important to our speaker as his long-lost love is, but it drives him a little bit crazier. Time goes back and forth, from past to present to future, and the speaker can move through time like the Terminator. Well, maybe not quite like that. The point is, time plays two roles in "Piedra de sol"—one, the big, bad, unstoppable march to death (sad); and two, a kind of loopy, out-of-control chaos.

Questions About Time

  1. How are time and death related? Is there any way to escape from either one of them, according to the poem?
  2. What effect does all of the backward-and-forward motion of time have on the reader of "Piedra de sol"?
  3. How does the language itself reflect time in the poem? Can verb tenses and allusions give us any clues here?

Chew on This

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

The only way to escape time is through death, according to the poem.

The only way to escape time is through love, according to the poem.

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