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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Chapter Summary & Analysis - And How Long? Summary

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And How Long? Summary

In lines 1-5, Neruda contemplates just how long a man is supposed to live. How long will he spend dying? What does it mean to say forever?

In lines 6-14, he is lost in this preoccupation. He sets himself up to figure it out. He seeks out the knowledge of priests and their rituals, and questions their relationships with their deities. They know nothing. They are nothing more than administration.

In lines 15-36, he asks questions of the medical men, and as far as he can tell from their talk, he has a problem which he does not understand. He is so startled by their proclamations, that he seeks out funeral services. He goes to the rivers, where the bodies of certain religions are burned.

In lines 37-52, he asks these people if they knew what to do. They offered to burn him...

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