| Quote #1
the laughter that sets fire to rules and the holy commandments; (3)
This line shows how poetry, in its revolutionary uses of language, breaks with the past and its traditions.
| Quote #2
the recollection of pronouns freshly cut in the garden of Epicurus, and the garden of Netzahualcoyotl; (9)
The word "recollection" refers not only to remembering or memory, but also to harvesting, like what the gardeners/poets do with the pronouns they pluck.
| Quote #3
the flute solo on the terrace of memory and the dance of flames in the cave of thought; (10)
This line is pretty mysterious with its "terrace of memory." Do you think the poem refers to a collective, cultural memory, or to someone in particular's memory? How can you tell?