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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Birdwatching Ode Summary & Analysis

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Birdwatching Ode Summary

In lines 1-30, Neruda is saying that he is going looking for birds, and describes the lush, dew dripping forest where he is looking. Each drop of dew is a tiny planet among the leaves. It is a fresh new day. The air smells of rosemary, space and roots. There is a crazy song above of a bird singing. How can such a small creature make so much noise?

In lines 31-104, it is a holy conversation, a wealthy bursting forth of sound. He journeys deeper into the forest and loses the sound of birds. He wonders where they went. He calls them "invisible little cretins," because he knows they are all around, just keeping silent. The beautiful glossy feathers of the birds call to him, tease him. He wishes he could stroke them, but never would he wish to see...

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