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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Heights of Macchu Picchu Summary & Analysis

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The Heights of Macchu Picchu Summary

In P. 178 Irresistible Death (IV), lines 1-5, the speaker talks of adventure calling to him, like "salt occulted in the waves," hidden there, an "invisible fragrance." Quite literally he has arrived at the base of the climb to Macchu Picchu.

In lines 6-12, he is telling the story of how he has come to the base of the mountain, and he is going to climb up into the air. He is saying that death does not come upon us slowly, like "wave upon wave," death comes upon us like "a gallop of twilight." Literal death swallows us up quickly, but to literally die is not the only way of dying.

In lines 13-16, death doesn't care who we are or who we were, it comes only with a "scarlet mantle," merciless. Sometimes death comes too...

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