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A Song of Despair

A Song of Despair


by Pablo Neruda

A Song of Despair: How to Lose a Girl in No Time Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around A Song of Despair? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. To whom does the "pit of debris" refer to in the poem?

The speaker
The speaker's lover
The speaker's nanny
The swordfish
Q. Who is "you" in this poem?

The speaker's brother.
The speaker's father
The speaker's lover
The speaker's mother
Q. What is the lighthouse a metaphor for in the poem?

The love affair
The Titanic
Q. Which of these most represents the woman in the poem?

The beach
The river
The sea
Vodka tonic
Q. When did the love affair take place?

It never really did.
The future
The past
The present