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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Education of the Chieftain Summary & Analysis

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Education of the Chieftain Summary

In lines 1-19, Lautaro is a member of the Arucanian tribe. He stands out among the crowd. He is referred to as "our father," which would indicate that this poem is being written in remembrance of him. This is the story of his rise from regular tribe member to the chieftain. His first years are described as "all silence," during his "adolescence authority," indicating that he was extraordinary and a legend. These lines describe the trials he endured in order to condition himself.

In lines 20, the poet says, "He made himself velocity," meaning that he had a singular vision and he made it happen.

In lines 21-37, these lines describe Lautaro as not just a hero, but a superhero, defying the puny acts of mere mortal men.

In lines 38, the poet says, "Only then was he worthy...

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