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

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Ode to the Tomato Summary

In lines 1-34, the opening lines of the poem describe summer time, how the tomatoes have just been harvested and they are plentiful. Then the setting switches to winter time, when the canned tomatoes come off the shelf. Neruda says that the tomato has it's own "radiance, a goodly majesty." Therefore, it's too bad we must assassinate it. The red flesh of the tomato looks gruesome to cut into.

In lines 35-84: The tomato beds with the blond onion in the salads of Chile, along with olive oil, pimento, salt, and parsley. The potatoes and the roasts are beating down the door saying: c'mon salad, it's showtime! Tomatoes are the star of the earth, without bones, without husks, scales or thorns.

Ode to the Tomato Analysis

This is an interesting poem because it gives us a glimpse...

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