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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - To a Ship's Figurehead Summary & Analysis

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To a Ship's Figurehead Summary

In lines 1-4, these lines open the story that Neruda is about to unfold; the speaker of the poem and his companions have found a ship's figurehead in the form of a woman, on a beach.

In lines 5-8, they take her aboard, but this time she is in the ship, rather than out front of it.

In lines 9-12, the speaker of the poem is saying that this figurehead has seen the sea, the albatross, the rain - but she has come to him and she belongs to him now.

In lines 13-27, these lines are an ode to her: she started as a humble oak, but she was special, destined for great adventures. The rest of her tree, which could have been carved into angels and queens, instead was covered with moss and remained ordinary...

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