Study Guide

Ode to My Socks Friendship

By Pablo Neruda


Maru Mori brought me
a pair
of socks (1-3)

In these opening lines of the poem, the relationship between the speaker and Maru Mori is laid out for the reader: they're friends, and this friendship is demonstrated with the giving of a gift of socks.

knitted with her own
shepherd's hands, (4-5)

The socks, we find out here, aren't some store-bought six-pack of interchangeable white socks. They were made by hand, which implies real friendship between the gift-giver and the speaker.

thus honored
my feet
socks. (27-33)

The socks, since they signify the friendship of Maru and the speaker, honor the speaker's feet and, in an example of synecdoche, the speaker too.

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