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Who is the persona/speaker? A 30-40 old man who suffers the loss of a woman, and is struggling to accept that their relationship has ended. A man who is trying to move forward but still hunted with the memories of love.

Who is the addressee?
A lady who once loved a man. A lady whom he shared moments and built memories with. A lady, whom the man cherished, respected, loved, and now gone.

Give the characterization of the speaker?
The speaker is such a passionate lover that when he loves, he gives her his all, leaving nothing for himself and even if he forgets to love himself first.

What is/are the conflict/s presented in the poem? Why?
Man vs. Man.
Because he wants to convince himself that he has moved on, that he needs to move on and let her go, but another part of him tells him that he still loves her dearly, and that he wants her to come back into his arms once again. He is against his emotions.

Give the symbolism “How could one not have loved her great still eyes.” Eyes, because they are the windows of our souls. For whatever the mouth can't say, the eyes express it. Our internal personality is shown by our eyes.
What are the meaningful lines for you? “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” Because memories last and can't be erased and that makes forgetting so difficult. Falling in love is easy. Showing care and making a person feel loved can soften a person's heart easily. People are people, they crave to be loved and to feel like being loved purely. “How could one not have loved her great still eyes.” Even I can fall to that person. Personality makes imperfect person perfect. Real love deepens not because of the physical quality but how that person interacts, communicates, and expresses his feelings. Those qualities can make anyone feel special. “My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.” Knowing that you tried your best and gave all you can, he is left unsatisfied with the fact that what he does is not enough for her to stay.

Reaction: "Tonight I can write the saddest lines," a line that is repeated throughout the poem, a line that is very remarkable to me. Because of that line I was able to remember Neruda. For me this poem is just saying that “I still love her no matter what”. A man is not very expressive with his emotion, he just keeps it to himself but when I read this poem, I can feel how important this girl is to him that it made him express his feelings so bad. Many lines are remarkable because you can easily get what he is trying to say. At the last part he said that "Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer and these the last verses that I write for her. " which means it will be the last time she will make him suffer and he is moving forward. But still I do believe that deep inside him he still loves her because just like what he said “forgetting is long”.

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