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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Burial in the East Summary & Analysis

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Burial in the East Summary

In Paragraph 1, the language of this first paragraph is descriptive of the city in which he was living at the time. He works at night, and this is when the funerals happen. The funeral ceremonies are elaborate affairs. Corpses are treated to lush, decadent burials and are paraded through the streets in the night adorned with fruits and spices and showy red cloth. These corpses are being treated so grandly that it is almost ridiculous - the copper flutes are "strident and thin and lugubrious" - huge, and elaborate to a ridiculous degree. The imagery he conjures in this poem is so tangible, you can smell the heavy scent of the flowers and saffron, hear the monotonous drumming of the toms-toms, and smell the smoke of different woods burning and giving off odors.

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