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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Chapter Summary & Analysis - Leaning into the Afternoons Summary

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Leaning into the Afternoons Summary

In lines 1-2, "Leaning into the afternoons" is a metaphor for succumbing to the end, or death of a relationship. The afternoon symbolizes the last gasp of a love affair, and then the darkness of evening will descend. The poet is casting his "sad nets" towards his lovers "oceanic eyes." This is his feeble attempt to retain her, to keep her from escaping, but alas she is as powerful as the ocean and he alone is not enough to harness her.

In lines 3-4, his lover has left him burning; his solitude is a long, fiery torture. He flails and drowns in it.

In lines 5-8, his signals, his attempts to make her aware of his love and suffering falls on deaf ears.

In lines 9-10, try and try as he might, casting his "sad nets" again and again, his is...

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