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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks Summary & Analysis

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Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks Summary

In lines 1-7, a mermaid walks into a bar, naked. She has lost her way. The men in the bar are drunk. They spit at her, they spit obscenities at her.

In lines 8-14, she does not cry as she does not understand tears. She does not dress as clothes are foreign to her. The men gleefully harm her. She is beautiful in everyday, seeking nothing but love.

In lines 15-20, her lips move, but she makes no sound. She leaves the same way she came in. She enters the river, and it re-births her, cleanses her of her interaction with the men. She swims on, not looking back, towards her own oblivion, towards her death.

Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks Analysis

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