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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Nocturnal Statutes Summary & Analysis

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Nocturnal Statutes Summary

In Paragraph 1, the poet is howling with difficulty at reality from the dream state. He longs to exist in the dream world where he is in control, where he can make up the story as he goes (gild the lily) and he can celebrate his "naked muse." In the state of reality, "attack and resistance" dwell, in dream state there is no pain.

In Paragraph 2, the humans are snoring with the sound of the frogs, it is night time. Astral means "of the stars," and night time flings him far from reality in his dreams. The poet is saying that time is fleeting and this is what defines us. Our mortality is what defines us.

In Paragraph 3, the poet speaks of the nights elements. What he is saying is that there can't be light without dark; one cannot exist without the...

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