Explain the poem "Ode to My Socks."
The more ancient odes were written about epic characters and events. The Romantics (Keats, Shelley) wrote odes about elements of nature (Nightingales, Seasons) which provided a means for them to consider transcendent experiences. In this poem, Neruda is praising a very simple, common thing: his socks. He describes them in terms not usually associated with socks: as "knitted with threads of twilight" (or dusk, depending upon the translation). Twilight (dusk) is the transition from day to night, when there is still a glow from the sun which has just set. That is to say, the socks were formed by this mysterious glow that exists between two times: night and day.
His feet are...
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