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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Thinking, Tangling Shadows Summary & Analysis

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Thinking, Tangling Shadows Summary

In lines 1-4, these lines represent the poet's internal struggle. His love is far away from him. He is in a tangled, dreamlike state.

In lines 5-8, his anguish is a torture. Everywhere he looks he sees fog, shadow, and cannot see anything clearly.

In lines 9-15, he has been away from the object of his desire for some time now. He has done much and seen much before this love, and he is remembering his life as it was, before. His harsh life, running free and crazy, his life before he created this idealism of love.

In lines 16-19, there comes some light in the darkness. She burns away the shadow and fog. Burning symbolizes the transformation of one thing to another. Burning an object releases its energy.

In lines 20-26, the poet asks, "where is my love...

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