Neruda And Love Essay

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Love, to many people, is a very simple thing, an easy emotion, but to Neruda it is a whole different animal. While it brings pictures of pure joy and happiness, it conveys something that seems so strange and obscure to a normal perception. Neruda has a way of showing love more realistically compared to the fairy tale love that everyone thinks of. Throughout Neruda’s poems he defines love as something extremely complex that is unpredictable in its ways. He makes love seem very back-and-forth, as if it continues to change his mind on love itself. Neruda does use this, but he uses something that occurs more often than the others throughout his poetry. At other times love makes his love, a ...view middle of the document...

/ your voice scatters the highest swords…” (“Sonnet 52” 1, 4, 11). This is not a natural occurrence and her voice shows the true beauty of nature by almost forcing itself to. But it is the way he tells the world of how she can do such things that does give her the power in his poems. In the first couple of lines of “Sonnet 52” he starts off with a strong example of her power by saying, “You sing, and your voice peels the husk / of the day’s grain,…” (“Sonnet 52” 1-2). This is an interesting thing to occur, and he shows the sheer power that her voice and only her voice can have. He also goes on to say, “But I hear only your voice, your voice / soars with the zing and precision of an arrow / it drops with the gravity of rain,” (“Sonnet 52” 9-11). What Neruda is saying is that her voice is noticeable. Her voice is easy to decipher from a crowd and has the beauty and accuracy of an arrow in flight. In this sonnet her voice is the most noticeable thing about her and is what Neruda seems to cherish the most. Later in the sonnet it also goes on to show her voice putting a stop to violence. “your voice scatters the highest swords” (“Sonnet 52” 12). Now when that line comes to mind it brings up an image of medieval fighting. But the figurative meaning is that she is putting a stop to some conflict.
Like stated before, Neruda also writes about how he sees small aspects of his love in other women. "I search for your trace in the faces of others, / Sometimes, I find I can make out your nails:" (“Sonnet 43” 1, 5). Neruda makes it obvious he is looking for his loved one and cannot find her, however, he can find little aspects about her. Seeing someone's nails and being able to say it is them is not an easy thing to do since they look very similar, but Neruda knows how they look because they belong to the most important person to him. Even though nails are such small things that seem insignificant, they hold a special value to Neruda because he can tell where his love is in a crowd of women. Also in “Sonnet 43” he notices something else amongst a sea of women. Neruda is noticing her hair, but it is the way he writes that makes the woman appear like she has something that cannot be forgotten. "Sometimes it's your hair I catch flowing by, / burning into water your portrait of...

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