Neruda Paper

Topics: Pablo Neruda, Poetry, Stanza Pages: 3 (1300 words) Published: December 5, 2012
Alberto Rojas Jimenez Comes Flying
Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was born on 12 July, 1904, in the town of Parral in Chile. He is better known by his pen name Pablo Neruda. He was a Chilean poet and politician who lived between 1904 through 1973. Neruda not only created successful poems, he was also a successful politician taking on many roles in politics. Above being creative for poetry he was also extremely known in many parts of the world serving as leader for various countries. Also, after reading a few of his works, it occurred to me that his writing styles and themes changed. His writing rages from historical epics and surrealist poems using his words as a way to verbally create art in literature. For this essay assignment I chose to write about and analyze “Alberto Rojas Jimenez Comes Flying”.

After reading the poem in English, I was having difficulty following the poem because they were random phrases put together. After reading his original version in Spanish, the flow of the poem made more sense, even though it was still confusing to understand. The biggest difference I was able to sense was the feeling or emotion of the poem. The way the poem sounded in Spanish made me believe that that it could be easily created into a song. Neruda was in pain because one of his friends drowned and he kind of references that in his poem: “With your celestial voice and wet shoes, you come flying” The first part of the phrase makes me believe Neruda truly listened to everything Alberto had to tell him. Then the second part of that line along with the first line of stanza three: “Lower still, among submerged girl-children” Neruda is talking about losing his friend because he drowned. Not only was the emotion easier to understand when I read the poem in Spanish but I was also able to see and understand his use of imagery throughout his entire poem.

After reading the poem a number of times, I was having difficulty understanding what Pablo Neruda was attempting...
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