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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Night of the Soldier Summary & Analysis

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The Night of the Soldier Summary

In Paragraph 1, the poet sets the stage in the first line by saying he "makes up the night of the soldier." The narrator here is in the air, all around, omniscient. He is saying that "without melancholy or extinction" are these men, these soldiers. They are not contemplating their own death; they are living in the moment. He is saying the brave, young soldier, full of courage, not even considering the consequences of his actions is now in a strange land, not thinking about death really, just the glory of his own living. He and his "stupid happy companions," who spend their time drinking, partying, not really understanding. The poet asks the question "so, the soldier goes off and dies? What happens to those left behind?" He wonders if the females of the family - mother, or aunt, or...

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