Study Guide

Ode to My Suit Lines 60-70

By Pablo Neruda

Lines 60-70

Lines 60-64

That's why
every day
I greet you
with respect and then
you embrace me and I forget you,

  • For what does the speaker have respect? Is it for the suit, or for what it represents?
  • To consider these lines' figurative language, we'd have to consider the suit a metaphor for something else.
  • Could the suit be a metaphor for normalcy? Loyalty? 
  • It's also possible that Neruda's ode is really what it says it is: an ode to a suit. 
  • Either way, the speaker isn't always considering the suit and what it means to him. After he puts it on, he forgets about it.
  • But notice the imagery in line 64: the suit "embraces" him. The speaker seems to feel guilty about forgetting the suit after such a positive interaction.
  • Could the speaker really be saying that he's guilty of taking these daily items, like a suit, for granted? After all, without them, he's unable to do the things he loves, like talk to people and write poetry.
  • Or maybe he's not guilty at all. The reason he forgets the suit is because it is a part of him. Maybe he doesn't need to remember it, because it's always there.

Lines 65-70

because we are one being
and shall be always
in the wind, through the night,
the streets and the struggle,
one body,
maybe, maybe, one day, still.

  • The two "are one." They're now joined completely.
  • These lines remind us of the situations the two have faced together in the poem; they've battled the wind, the night, the people in the streets, and violence. And, ultimately, the two will face death together, too. 
  • It just took looking at his suit in a new light for him to realize that the two are closer than he may have ever realized.

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