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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to Laziness Summary & Analysis

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Ode to Laziness Summary

In lines 1-18, Neruda is saying that yesterday, he could not find his writing groove. He tried to make "her" get up and dance, he told her not to be afraid. He tried to woo her, with promises of crowns and talk of bicycle rides on the sea shore but to no avail.

In lines 19-61, laziness appeared. Neruda started searching the sand for treasures, yellow agate, shells.

In lines 62-69, he found himself alone on the sand, watching the birds. He sets a bee free from a spider's web. He picked up stones and watched the clouds. He thought again of his "fugitive ode" that evening, by the fire, removing his shoes, right before he fell fast asleep.

Ode to Laziness Analysis

Neruda is writing an ode to laziness. Does it get any simpler or more absurd than...

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