Study Guide

Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Body of a Woman Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 116 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Pablo Neruda.
This section contains 656 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Study Guide

Body of a Woman Summary

In lines 1-4, the poet is describing the body of a woman as white-fleshed, lying helplessly in surrender, vulnerable to advance. He is using the body of a woman as a metaphor for the earth. He is saying that the woman is the earth - Mother Earth, giver of live. He describes his own body as rough, peasant and unworthy by comparison, digging into her, spoiling her. He is using himself as a metaphor for mankind, treading upon the earth. In the fourth line, he describes the son leaping from the depth of the earth, a metaphor for the birth that is inevitable when earth and mankind, or woman and man, intermingle. The son, the by product, is the impact that mankind has had on the earth.

In lines 5-8, the poet describes himself as empty as...

(read more from the Body of a Woman Summary)

This section contains 656 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook