What does the ellipsis in Machado's poem 'Pegasos, lindos pegasos' mean? I don't know what all those dots represent. Maybe it is something specific I'm not aware of. Here is the poem.

Pegasos, lindos pegasos,
caballitos de madera.
Yo conocí, siendo niño,
la alegría de dar vueltas
sobre un corcel colorado,
en una noche de fiesta.
En el aire polvoriento
chispeaban las candelas,
y la noche azul ardía
toda sembrada de estrellas.
¡Alegrías infantiles
que cuestan una moneda
de cobre, lindos pegasos,
caballitos de madera!

  • Welcome to Literature Stack Exchange, take our tour! One thing I noticed when looking for an online link to the poem is that the ... is not in the same place for every transcription. This one puts it at the end of the second line, but doesn't use it to divide two stanzas, and this one is simply missing those first two lines altogether. Where did your copy of the poem come from?
    – bobble
    Commented Aug 14, 2021 at 21:46
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    The version at Wikisource has the epigraph from Paul Verlaine: Tournez, tournez, chevaux de bois. it seems to me that the first two lines might be a very loose recapitulation of this verse of Paul Verlaine. Paul Verlaine is clearly describing a merry-go-round, and Collins Dictionary says caballitos can mean merry-go-round.
    – Peter Shor
    Commented Aug 14, 2021 at 22:20
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    Ok, but what on earth are those dots?
    – user13380
    Commented Aug 15, 2021 at 7:36
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    Possibly a literary convention equivalent to three centered asterisks or other dingbats to indicate "Break here!"
    – Mary
    Commented Aug 15, 2021 at 16:36
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    I'd agree with Mary — it's turning from a musing or observation about carousel horses to a first person memory, so it's showing the disconnect. Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 1:28


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