Study Guide

Ode to My Suit The Simplicity of Daily Life

By Pablo Neruda

The Simplicity of Daily Life

In Neruda's odes, the poet re-examines and praises everyday things that often go ignored or are considered too simple to be worthy of poetry—like a suit, a pair of socks, or even a tomato. He then uses these "simple" objects to muse on all sorts of "bigger" themes, like death, joy, or poetry. After putting on the suit, the speaker is able to take his daily walks (line 14) which (he says in lines 15-20) contribute to the people and events that make his poetry possible. In lines 21-24, these daily things are what shape him; they "open his eyes" and "crease his mouth." It doesn't take sensational experiences to make him a poet. Daily life, as made possible by the suit, is what Neruda ultimately praises and is grateful for.

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