A Song of Despair
by Pablo Neruda
A Song of Despair Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
The memory of you emerges from the night around me. (1)
The whole poem begins with the figure of the memory rising up out of the darkness. Opening this way lets us know that memory will be an important theme throughout the poem.
You swallowed everything, like distance.
Like the sea, like time. In you everything sank! (9-10)
Time is compared to the sea in these lines, because it can swallow up every single thing, like love affairs or happy times.