© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

CHECK OUT SHMOOP'S FREE STUDY TOOLS:

Essay Lab | Math Shack | Videos

Recuerdo

Recuerdo

by

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Here's the interesting thing about the title – it's not in English. In fact, "recuerdo" means "I remember" in Spanish. That's pretty fitting, all things considered: after all, it's a poem about remembering. But why not just call the poem "Memory" or, well, "I Remember"?

Well, we won't give you a crash-course in Spanish. That's why you have a high school Spanish teacher. But here's the upshot: "recuerdo" can be either a noun ("a memory") or a conjugated verb ("I remember"). In this particular case, it could be either – and that ambiguity makes us think about just how committed the speaker is to her memory.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement