Pablo Neruda

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Verb

I’m going to wrinkle this word,
I’m going to twist it,
yes,
it is much too flat
it is as if a great dog or great river
had passed its tongue or water over it
during many years.

I want that in the word
the roughness is seen
the iron salt
The de-fanged strength
of the land,
the blood
of those who have spoken and those who have not spoken.

I want to see the thirst
Inside the syllables
I want to touch the fire
in the sound:
I want to feel the darkness
of the cry. I want
words as rough
as virgin rocks.
Verb

I’m going to wrinkle this word,
I’m going to twist it,
yes,
it is much too flat
it is as if a great dog or great river
had passed its tongue or water over it
during many years.

I want that in the word
the roughness is seen
the iron salt
The de-fanged strength
of the land,
the blood
of those who have spoken and those who have not spoken.

I want to see the thirst
Inside the syllables
I want to touch the fire
in the sound:
I want to feel the darkness
of the cry. I want
words as rough
as virgin rocks.
Verbo

Voy a arrugar esta palabra,
voy a torcerla ,
sí,
es demasiado lisa,
es como si un gran perro o un gran río
le hubiera repasado lengua o agua
durante muchos años.

Quiero que en la palabra
se vea la aspereza,
la sal ferruginosa
la fuerza desdentada
de la tierra,
la sangre
de los que hablaron y de los que no hablaron.

Quiero ver la sed
adentro de las sílabas:
quiero tocar el fuego
en el sonido:
quiero sentir la oscuridad
del grito. Quiero
palabras ásperas
como piedras vírgenes.
Verbo

Voy a arrugar esta palabra,
voy a torcerla ,
sí,
es demasiado lisa,
es como si un gran perro o un gran río
le hubiera repasado lengua o agua
durante muchos años.

Quiero que en la palabra
se vea la aspereza,
la sal ferruginosa
la fuerza desdentada
de la tierra,
la sangre
de los que hablaron y de los que no hablaron.

Quiero ver la sed
adentro de las sílabas:
quiero tocar el fuego
en el sonido:
quiero sentir la oscuridad
del grito. Quiero
palabras ásperas
como piedras vírgenes.

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The Necessary Intensity of Poetry: A Biographical Analysis of in Pablo Neruda’s “Verb”

Imagine being a journalist for the local news of your town. A horrible murder has taken place in a public park in the ghetto. The fact is that a black man has been shot in the back by a young white police officer with a record of racial discrimination. The witnesses declare that this has been the result of the abuse of power from a prepotent officer. You, as a reporter, have two options, to write about the story exactly as the witnesses inform you or spin the news with suitable and favorable words in order to save the integrity of the policeman. The results of your writing decisions will directly affect the officer—he becomes a hero or a murderer. All because of language. Words of course are the tools used by people to communicate ideas, facts, feelings, and life experiences. We can use these words in such a variety of ways. We can share the same story in a number of different ways. Thus, words are powerful tools. With them, for example, we can raise a politician to the highest level of his career or we can destroy his reputation. Someone can play, create, imagine, illustrate, etc through the correct and appropriate use of words. However, the person can also change a message through mistaken usage of the same words. In the poem “Verb”, the author Pablo Neruda seems to plead that words should come out with intensity, and that people should allow their instincts to go free when writing about their experiences. People should be frank, courageous, and passionate in order to impact the reader with the bare truth. In order to pass his message across, Neruda uses intense figurative language, specifically metaphors,...
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