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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Gold Summary & Analysis

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Gold Summary

In lines 1-7, gold's day of purity was when it was in the earth. The "dirty issue" awaiting it that is recently arrived are the explorers. They will take the gold and use it as a currency. It is loosed from the earth, and "purified" by fire, "enveloped in the sweat and hands of man." It will be forged into something else, fashioned into coins or jewelry.

In lines 8-17, gold becomes something dirty, something to be exchanged for blood.

In lines 18-26, man will go on doing what he does, gold will remain; wars will be fought over gold and gold will rule. Men are mortal, and this will perish. Gold, on the other hand, will outlast these men who fight and die for it.

Gold Analysis

With this poem, Neruda is saying that while gold was in the ground, it was...

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