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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - A Soldier Sleeps Summary & Analysis

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A Soldier Sleeps Summary

In lines 1-14, a soldier from a foreign land has come to the lands of which Neruda speaks. He falls, exhausted, into sleep at the foot of the "Great Plumed God." The Great Plumed God is looking down upon the sleeping soldier, a "stranger born out of the sea." He looks at his sword, his beard, and these strange and foreign things. Yet he sleeps like a child, blissful and peaceful.

In lines 15-41, the Plumed God has seen so much. Neruda refers to him with the imagery of a snake, coil and bulk. He has seen the "anarchy of crazy waters," "savage nights," "raging ferment of lives, destruction." Juxtaposed alongside is the order of the plants, the elevation of "cut stone," the building of civilizations, ritual, and the "establishment of tribes."

In lines 42-43, "He," meaning The Great...

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