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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Ode to a Beautiful Nude Summary & Analysis

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Ode to a Beautiful Nude Summary

In lines 1-11, Neruda is trying to observe the beautiful nude in a chaste, clinical way, without unleashing his blood, his natural instincts.

In lines 12-27, he describes the beauty and perfection of her feet, her ears, her breasts, her eyelids that enclose the "deep countries of her eyes."

In lines 28-43, he describes her shoulders as halves of an apple, separating her beauty into two columns of fine alabaster. She is a "flowering fire," an "open chandelier," a "swelling fruit."

In lines 44-54, he wonders from what materials her body could have been made; agate, quartz, wheat? He imagines her as baking bread, as a petal, as sweet fruit. He describes her as astonishing, fine, firm and feminine.

In lines 55-63, there is a light shining from inside her, like the moon lives in...

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