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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to a Watch at Night Summary & Analysis

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Ode to a Watch at Night Summary

In lines 1-29, the speaker's watch shines like a firefly at night, beating out a rhythm like a heart.

In lines 30-67, the watch cuts away at time like a chainsaw at a tree. The imagery here is literally of a tree being hacked limb by limb. Nothing really changes as the time ticks away, minutes falling "like leaves." The watch counts down little plops of falling water; it is a mill, milling the night.

In lines 68-88, it is the speaker's bed companion that holds the watch, making these little noises in the night. The remainder of the ode is imagery of night; the rest and repose that all beings share.

Ode to a Watch at Night Analysis

This is an ode to a wrist watch, literally, but also an ode to...

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