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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Builders of Statues Summary & Analysis

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The Builders of Statues Summary

In lines 1-5, the speaker of this poem is the builder of the statues on Easter Island.

In lines 6-8, the speaker is telling us what meaning the statues have, and he is saying that there is nothing. There is no meaning, because no clues were left behind for us to study.

In lines 9-12, the speaker is saying that surely, we as the reader have questions about these statues, and surely he, the builder, must have left a few clues behind.

In lines 13-16, "Not so," the builder says. The statues are all that "they" are. There is nothing else left behind.

In lines 17-20, Neruda is speculating in these lines, inventing. The fish and birds saw what happened on the island when the statues were built, but they are long gone too.

In lines 21-...

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