Poet Pablo Neruda Poem Review by Peter Pen

Poet Pablo Neruda
Analyzes four sets of paired comparisons of poems by Pablo Neruda.
# 107107 | 6,500 words | 0 sources | 2008
Published on Aug 20, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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This paper traces the prolific fifty-years of Pablo Neruda's published poetry by utilizing four sets of comparisons illustrating his writings, beginning as a young adult and proceeding to the later years of his career. The author portrays how Neruda's poetry has evolved, shifted in focus and reflected the reality of the poet's own life. The four sets of comparisons are the poems: "Tonight I can Write the Saddest Lines" and "Walking Around", "The Dictators" and "Ode to My Socks", "Horses" and "Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks"
and finally "The Night in Isla Negra" and "Divide as You can in the Crisis". The paper includes the complete poems.

Table of Contents:
Comparison # 1
"Tonight I can Write the Saddest Lines"
"Walking Around"
"Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair / Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion"
"Residence on Earth / Recidencia en la Tierre"
Comparison #2
"The Dictators"
"Ode to My Socks"
" Canto General"
"Odas Elementales / Elemental Odes"
Comparison #3
"Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks"
"Book of Vagaries"
"Voyages and Homecomings"
Comparison # 4
"The Night in Isla Negra"
"Divide as You can in the Crisis"
"Black Island Memorial / Memorial de Isla Negra"

From the Paper:

"Neruda compares himself, and all of us really, to the image of a root. He lives in the dark and feeds on what is all around him, going down further into the darkness of ignorance while life above is out of control. He feels blind and he wants to see and recognize the mess that has been made of the world).This poem shows that Neruda was starting to consider his poetry as a means to influence and a way to expose people to issues that we all face together and that he was moving away (at least temporarily) from topics that were more comfortable to write about (love, women, beauty etc.)."

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