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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Great Ocean Summary & Analysis

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The Great Ocean Summary

In lines 1-7, the poet is speaking to the ocean (notice that Ocean is capitalized) as a singular being, personifying it. He is asking for "fruit or ferment" to be granted out of the depths. He means that he is asking that the bounty of the sea come to him. The "white dialect" is the cresting of the waves, and they are "downing and shattering its columns in its own demolished purity." The waves are dancing and breaking in upon themselves.

In lines 8-17, in these lines, Neruda is making a statement about potency of the ocean. It is "all-consuming" in its oneness. Neruda is referring to the fact that 70% of the earth is covered by ocean, and even though we have named the oceans different names, and they "belong" to different regions, they are really all one body...

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