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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to the Yellow Bird Summary & Analysis

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Ode to the Yellow Bird Summary

In lines 1-32, Neruda is burying a bird in a tiny grave in the garden. He describes the dirt covering up the bird's pretty yellow feathers. The bird came from an island, he was sent in a cage. The bird died in the cage, because it could not stand to be locked away like that. Now its life is gone, and it is just a bunch of feathers, far from home.

In lines 33-60, Neruda is saying that he knew the bird when it was alive. It was independent, untamed, and would walk over his arms and shoulders. In his eyes was the spark of defiance. Despite its arrogance, it was just a frail little bird.

In lines 61-110, Neruda explains that the bird died because it was put into a cage and flown on...

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