18 April 2013
The Saddest Lines
The Saddest Lines is a poem written by the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This is part of his collection of Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair. Frequently, poems are connected with the readers’ feelings. Love is a common feeling the poets expresses in their works. The Saddest Lines is a great example where the poet describes his sadness for recalling a past love.
Pablo Neruda in The Saddest Lines use the nature as a poem’s backdrop, the poet uses the night, stars and the wind us witnesses of the pain and heartbreak for his loosed love. Also, when he said: “…The night is shattered, and the blue stars shiver in the distance… on nights like this one, I held her in my arms. I kissed her again and again under the endless sky”. He uses symbols to recreate his sadness and use nature as symbols for helping readers to imagine or identify with his feelings.
The Saddest Lines is a poem, which has a great literary quality in its verses. Pablo Neruda uses a lot of figures of speech in this poem. The most representatives are the metaphor, hyperbole, and antithesis. The metaphor is an
analogy or comparison between two objects to describe an action or feeling and the hyperbole is an exaggeration for creating emphasis or effects in the reader, and finally, the antithesis contrast ideas. For example, the saddest Lines said: “To hear the immense night, still more immense without her. And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.” The poets use the metaphor for describing his loneliness and absence love with the immense night. And also, he describes the dimension of his profound suffering which invades his soul like the dew falls to the pasture. Other figure of speech used by Pablo Neruda in this poem, it is the hyperbole, when he said: “I no longer love her, that is certain, but how I loved her....
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