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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Widower's Tango Summary & Analysis

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Widower's Tango Summary

In Paragraph 1, the speaker is speaking to "Maligna" or "evil one." He is saying that the evil one has found the letter by now, and cried with rage, cursed his name. Maligna looks at his old shoes which are empty forever, unable to remember specifics about him, his illness, his meals, his ideas.

In Paragraph 2, the speaker is explaining the truth of things, that the night is huge, that the earth is lonely. He has gone back to single life, single bedrooms, meals eaten at restaurants, leaving laundry on the floor. His walls are bare. What he wouldn't give to have the one he calls Maligna back. The names of the months are threats, winter is a lugubrious dream, meaning the thought of having to go on existing is painful.

In Paragraph 3 , the speaker is describing the knife buried beneath the...

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