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The Black Heralds

The Black Heralds


by César Vallejo

The Black Heralds Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How does the repetition of "…I don't know!" affect the reader? 
  2. Why do you think Vallejo includes all the religious imagery to talk about human suffering?
  3. Can you think of any other images that describe the disappointment, suffering, and injustice of life?
  4. What do you think the "Christs of the soul" are? How and why do they fall?
  5. If you had to guess, what would you say is the philosophical perspective of the poetic speaker? 
  6. Do they believe in an afterlife, a god, or goodness?
  7. Do you think all this suffering is necessary to life? 
  8. Would we appreciate the good times without the bad?

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