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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to a Fallen Chestnut Summary & Analysis

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Ode to a Fallen Chestnut Summary

In lines 1-32, Neruda is describing the chestnut as polished, like a violin, a treasure, a gem. Up in the tree, the chestnut left its post where it witnessed the world, where the birds sang next to it and the children and grass played beneath it.

In lines 33-67, Neruda is personifying the chestnut, saying that it made up its mind to jump from the tree. It fell to the ground and nothing changed. The "steady hours kept busy at their work throughout the earth." Neruda is saying: the earth is keeping up with its own business because you are just a seed, and seeds fall to the earth from trees, where they nest into the earth and continue the cycle of life.

Ode to a Fallen Chestnut Analysis

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