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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ars Poetica Summary & Analysis

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Ars Poetica Summary

In lines 1-2, the poet is setting the stage for the reader, telling him where we are headed in this poem, this story. "Between shadow and space" means the in-between time of reality vs. dream world. The poet enters, and the dream he dreams is one of torture and despair.

In lines 3-7, the poet's forehead crumples. The only way he can accurately describe the rage he feels is to invoke the anger felt by the widow for the days she has to live now without her husband. It is a stupefying rage.

In lines 8-10, the rage and anguish well up inside of the poet; he shrieks as if in labor, as if ghosts or apparitions are flying at him. It is an all-encompassing event.

In lines 11-12, "the enveloping shell," the "humiliated scullion" refers to the defense mechanisms we...

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