Neruda express his thanks for thanks in many ways, and one way was figurative language. The speaker used a lot of powerful figurative language to get his point across. In my opinion, the strongest use of figurative language is one that hits you right in the first stanza. It states, “Thanks to thanks, / word / that melts / iron and snow.” This personification means that saying “thanks” can break through the toughest and harshest of situations (the iron) and the smallest, softest of situations (the snow). Another use of figurative language can be found in lines 9-14, where it states, “Thanks / makes the rounds / from one pair of lips to another, / soft as a bright / feather / and sweet as a petal of sugar.” First off, personification is used when the speaker says “makes the rounds from one pair
Shakespeare and Neruda’s poem are obviously known to be sonnets, however they don’t both share the same structure; Shakespeare’s is of course a Shakespearean sonnet containing fourteen lines and has a particular rhyme scheme (ababcdcdefefgg), but Neruda’s sonnet doesn’t follow Shakespeare’s or the traditional Italian sonnet. Rather, Neruda’s sonnet does indeed contain fourteen lines, but most follows the free verse sonnet structure, since there is no rhyme scheme. Yet, likewise, both sonnets do present a problem in the first verses and then develop towards a solution. In the following, on Neruda’s lines, “My ugly…My beauty…Ugly:…Beauty:..” the speaker starts acknowledging his beloved that he is proud she is his for him to say “my”, but as the
A commentary of Romance de la pena negra, Federico García Lorca Lorca described ‘Romance de la pena negra’ as one of the most representative poems from the ‘Romancero gitano’. The poem was written in 1924, when Lorca had been sent away from Granada, due to
The most important aspect that differentiates this poem from many others is the dramatic use of dual language. Because many readers must use the translated notes to understand the Spanish portions of the poem, it requires them to deeply consider the speaker's connotations. Many readers will not realize Cervantes' intentional placement of the Spanish portions. Stanzas one, two, and three begin in English and end in Spanish. However, stanza four begins in English and ends in English with only one line in the middle consisting of Spanish. Though it is overlooked, this tactic offers a path upon which the subconscious may embark. To the speaker, California has been overrun and forever changed by the white people, represented by English. The single Spanish line is a representation of the speaker herself and exemplifies how truly lost she feels in this place. “Poema para los Californios Muertos” is a prime example of the importance of a dynamic use of language and the strength it brings to a poem when utilized to its full
At the mere age of seventeen, Pablo Neruda wrote ’Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair’ and it has since become one of his most famous collection of poems. Once, in an interview, Neruda stated that he could not understand “why this book, a book of love-sadness, of love-pain, continues to be read by so many people, by so many young people” (Guibert, 2015). He also mentioned that “Perhaps this book represents the youthful posing of many enigmas; perhaps it represents the answers to those enigmas.” (Guibert, 2015). Neruda was one of the first poets to explore sexual imagery and eroticism in his work and become accepted for it. Many Latin-American poets had attempted the same, but failed to become popular with their critics. He merges his own experiences and memories with that of the picturesque Chilean scenery to present a beautifully poetic sense of love and sexual desire. The collection hosts quite a controversial opinion, however, amongst critics and readers alike, with the risqué themes running throughout the poems. Eroticism being one of the most evident and reoccurring themes.
Cummings and Pablo Neruda present the theme of their poems by having their two speakers addressing the women they love. The two speakers cope with the idea of prospective change in two completely different ways: Cummings’s speaker faces the end of his relationship as a situation that hurts him but in the end he accepts it, while Neruda’s speaker doesn’t care about his lover’s past as the only thing he wants is to make a couple with her. Thus, there are both similarities and differences in the poetic devices used in the two poems, while the tone of the speakers’ voice differs too, as in the first poem is sad and melancholic whereas in the second poem is confident and
The beginning of this area in Gloria Anzaldúa’s composition is about the Coatlicue State. She depicts Coatlicue as the Aztec goddess of life and death. Coatlicue conflicts with herself in having the ability to take away life and give it. Anzaldúa reprocesses the goddess’s picture to regard her personal identity battle: being a woman who is also Latina. Her conflict makes me contemplate my inner struggle amongst myself. My entire life I was raised in an upper-class community with no true insight of how lower classes lived. I became a little more aware of how lower classes lived in high school but it was not until I went to college that I was able to experience being part of their class. It is funny how I was raised one way my whole life but as I began to experience a different manner of living, it was weird to go back to the habits I grew up with even though I know them more than my new ones. Like Anzaldúa, I feel odd sometimes when I go back to the city I grew up in. I know that my comparison is different, but Anzaldúa’s words about duality make me think of the oddness I experience when I am in my hometown with my birth class.
In every person, a self which interacts with the world appears to live. However, what can one truly classify as their persona? Cognitive scientist Bruce Hood defines illusion as, “[the] experience of something that is not what it seems.” By this denotation, he classifies the ego as illusory; humans naturally
Pablo Neruda is from Chile and gives a voice to Latin America in his poetry (Bleiker 1129). “The United Fruit Co.,” the poem by Pablo Neruda that will be analyzed in this essay, is enriched with symbolism, metaphors, and allusions. These allusions have great emphasis to the Christian religion, but some allusions are used to evoke negative emotions towards the United States (Fernandez 1; Hawkins 42). Personification and imagery along with onomatopoeia and metonymy are also found in “The United Fruit Co.” Neruda’s use of these literary devices makes his messages of imperialism, Marxism, and consumerism understandable (Fernandez 4). In this essay each of these literary devices with its proper meaning will be further analyzed in the hope of
Poetry is often used as a form of writing to express emotions or tell a story. The poems “LA Nocturne: The Angels”, by Xavier Villaurrutia and “Meditations on the South Valley: Poem IX” by Jimmy Santiago Baca, are two distinctive poems. In Baca’s poem he expresses the disbelief and the sorrow of the death of a boy named Eddie. While, in Villaurrutia’s poem reveals an expression of secret desire men have. Baca and Villaurrutia’s poems, both use repetition, imagery and metaphors in their poems to convey their message.
In every person, an ego which interacts with the world appears to exist; hence, languages use the basic pronouns, “I” and “you.” However, what can one truly classify as the self? Cognitive scientist Bruce Hood defines an illusion as, “[the] experience of something that is not what it seems.” By
Neruda begins his sonnet in a most unusual manner. He states in the first few lines ways in which he does not love his companion. He does not love her as if she were “the salt-rose, topaz, or arrow of
Neruda then states, "I do not dare, / I do not dare to write it, / if you die" (YEAR, 4-6). Neruda repeats the "do not dare" to
When you read a long poem, sometimes as a young ready, you lose interest. The longer the poem, the faster a reader gets over it. I believe Neruda does not want his readers to lose interest. He wants his readers to understand the meaning behind his art. The reason I say this, is because of his word choice in his poems. The
I want you to stop and think about tone in day to day conversations. It mostly depends on the body language, volume of voice, and pitch of the person speaking. Written poems, on the other hand, develop their tone through imagery, language use, and form. To show this, I will