Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

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“Twenty Love Poems and a song of Despair” is written by the chilean poet Pablo Neruda. He wrote his collection of poems when he was a twenty-year-old. My main themes are the imbalance of love, the role of the song of Despair and the change of love during one one or more poems of this collection. I also picked out some special lines which I think are important to describe what the author wants to say through his poems.

I lots of the poems you can notice the imbalance of love. The amount of love is not equal and one person loves the other more. In nearly no poem of this collection do both persons love each other the same strength. I think the reason why there is never equality is that basically the poet wants to show that even in real life there is never equality of love between two humans. He uses imbalance of love in most of the poems, in some it is difficult to understand, but in others not. Especially in poem 20:“Tonight I Can Write” it is pretty obvious. In the second line of the 4th paragraph he writes:“I loved her, sometimes she loved me too”. The paragraph after the next one is written:”She loved me, sometimes I loved her too” That shows that first he loved her more but later his love for her got weaker and her love for him stronger.“Tonight I can write the saddest lines” is another line of this poem. It shows the love in this poem is sad. They can´t find a point where there feelings are pretty much the same about each other.

When we read this poem we also can find the change of love. There are a few lines where we can notice that the feelings about the other person changes. Something happened in the lines and the love someone is feeling for another human changes. It gets stronger, weaker or even starts, like in the first poem. I think Pablo Neruda is trying to say that feelings never stay the same for a long or a short time and are a continually influx. For example the first thing of...
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