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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Chapter Summary & Analysis - Ode to the Book Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 3 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Pablo Neruda.
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Ode to the Book Summary

In lines 1-19, Neruda is saying that he does not necessarily want to live his life in his imagination when the world has so much adventure to offer.

In lines 20-40, the world is calling as his friends and lovers beckon to him. He has to get out there and do some living.

In lines 41-68, no book has ever been able to give him what he gets from getting out there and living. He prefers to set aside the imaginary, and experience his life for real. He is saying that he loves a great book to escape into, but he hates books that trap you into a certain way of thinking. He is asking the book to let him go, because he cannot be invented in its pages. His poetry can only be created from extracting beauty from the chaos...

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This section contains 401 words
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Purchase our Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Study Guide
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