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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode with a Lament Summary & Analysis

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Ode with a Lament Summary

Lines 1-4 starts off as an ode. The speaker is addressing a young woman; she is unspoiled, ripe and ready to be drank like a cup of wine. She is a full of life, waiting to taste life.

In lines 5-9, the tome shifts into a lament. The speaker can't give her what she deserves, because he has nothing solid to give - just eyelashes or fingernails. He has lived much more than she has; his dreams are covered with dust.

In lines 10-20, he can love her only in his fantasy. His eyes are full of her, adoring her from afar, but he can only love her that way. He is fighting his own mortality. The poet is using ambiguously descriptive statements of his life up till now, and what he has to deal with, what...

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