Little Words, Big Ideas
Any time a poem asserts that "we were very merry" at the start of each stanza, we're inclined to disbelieve it. After all, who stays "merry" for that long? In the case of "Recuerdo," though, the sp...
The casualness of the "we" to which "Recuerdo" refers betrays an absolute confidence in the closeness of the "you" and "I" who make up the "we." Does that mean that the couple in the poem lives hap...
Compassion and Forgiveness
There's something surprising and touching in unexpected generosity. That's precisely the sort of compassion we see in "Recuerdo": a chance gesture that turns out to have deep meaning for the person...
Memory and the Past
One of the miraculous things about "Recuerdo" is that it doesn't try to turn the past into a moral lesson or a revelation or a rationale for a search for Greater Meaning. A lovely set of moments re...
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