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    Default Recuerdo

    What does "Recuerdo" mean?

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    WE were very tired, we were very merry—
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
    It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable—
    But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
    We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
    And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

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    I think Recuerdo refers to the ferry; and the ferry is "bare and bright because lightened by lamp?

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    Default Re: Recuerdo

    WE were very tired, we were very merry—
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
    It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable—
    But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
    We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
    And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

    I think Recuerdo refers to the ferry; and the ferry is "bare and bright because it is lit by a lamp?[/quote]

    I imagine the poem is talking about two people enjoying an all-night adventure with nowhere particular to go. I think she is talking about the night, and maybe other places they visited as well as the ferry. To my mind the writer is a young woman with a companion who could be her friend/brother/sister/lover and they are returning home to her mother.

    Did you know that The title Recuerdo means "memory" "memento" or "keepsake" in Spanish? The poem was written by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950).

    It carries on:-

    We were very tired, we were very merry—
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
    And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
    From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
    And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
    And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.

    We were very tired, we were very merry,
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
    We hailed "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head,
    And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
    And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and pears,
    And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.

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