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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Ships Summary & Analysis

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The Ships Summary

In lines 1-12, these first lines are describing the ships that bring the goods across the sea such as the silk, gilt boxes, and the many wares that they must carry. Neruda speaks of "the cold greed whispered in the ports," "the tempest of scrubbed hands waiting to receive the wares," and "the green welcome suavities of jade" as he imagines the merchants awaiting their goods. The imagery of a dance of disappearing anemones is meant to symbolize the ships coming and going, disappearing on the horizon.

In lines 13-21, the "delicate velocities" are the ships, which are finely made and fine-tuned machines. Destined by their "Cinderella" cargoes or meaning items going from one place to another, they are refined from one form into riches.

In lines 22-29, these lines are describing the ships that are carrying slaves, describing them as...

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