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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Leviathan Summary & Analysis

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Leviathan Summary

In lines 1-10, these first lines lay the setting for the poem; there are bad people coming to Antarctica from faraway lands to hunt the whales. The "sargassos" or algea is being churned up in the wake of this terrible, fire-spitting ship sailing south.

In lines 11-14, these lines are the description of a massive whale swimming by.

In lines 15-25, these lines describe the whaling ship in better detail, and the imagery is of hell. The ship is said to be born of mother medusa. Neruda uses the imagery of the night starts reflected in the waters being churned up as the whaling ship sails through.

In lines 26-41, these lines describe the whaling vessel in more detail, the massiveness of it, it's forest of masts. It is night and evil personified.

In lines 42-53, Neruda is describing the actual harpooning, bleeding out and brutal, ugly...

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