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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Study Guide They Come For the Islands (1493) Summary & Analysis

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They Come For the Islands (1493) Summary

In lines 1-13, the "soldiers" have come to Guanahani to lay waste. It was the first island to be ravaged. The children of the land, gentle as deer, saw their lives smashed, and died a death they did not understand. The islands, and the people, were tortured and burned.

In lines 14-17, the bones of these people are rigidly fastened into the form of a cross. Neruda is saying they died at the hands of progress, of the so-called "greater good."

In lines 18-26, all of this death and destruction is being done in the name of god, which in and of itself is blasphemous to Neruda.

They Come For the Islands (1493) Analysis

Guanahani is the name the natives gave to the island Columbus called San Salvador when he arrived in the Americas. Sotavento is a chain of islands...

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