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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Bleak System Summary & Analysis

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In lines 1-4, the poet uses "black days" to refer to days of war, "prized open like fat, red oxen" - these days are bathed in blood, days of battle and war. The common people are kept "just about alive" on little more than air and dreams. And when they are killed, they are gone without recall - having left no mark on time, lost suddenly.

In lines 5-8, the poet is saying that he has seen some horrible things in his days. Inequality weighs heavily on his heart. The idea of communism was once a beautiful idea, where everyone has all they need; but it doesn't work in reality, only on paper. He has come to realize that the communist leaders in the end gobble it all up for themselves.

In lines 9-14, e thought he was doing the right thing, supporting communism. A...

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