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Recuerdo

Recuerdo

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Friendship Quotes Page 1

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon. (3-6)

The speaker emphasizes the "we"-ness of the actions she remembers, making sure that the reader knows that everything that happened that night was done with "you."

Quote #2

We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear, (8-9)

The syntax of line 9 feeds into the sense of shared actions set out in lines 7 and 8: the repetition of "and" allows the speaker to describe each individual's actions as if they were part of a related whole.

Quote #3

We hailed, "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head, (15)

The casual use of "mother" here signals a sort of kinship and respect which is actually more like friendship than actual family relations.

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