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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Furious Struggle Between Seamen and an Octopus of Colossal Size Summary & Analysis

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Furious Struggle Between Seamen and an Octopus of Colossal Size Summary

In THE ARRIVAL IN VALPARAISO, the sailors who battled the octopus are shell-shocked. They have not quite allowed the incident to fully sink in. Everything scares them now; they are spooked. Neruda meets these men in Valparaiso, where he hears their story. These men are offended by the on-goings of the town's environs; how can they go on living their normal and mundane lives while such impossibility exists?

THE FIGHT describes a bloody fight between the octopus and the crew. They had just harpooned a whale, which was bleeding out, and all the men were sleeping. Suddenly, a giant sea creature with eight horrible, hose-like tentacles gripped the ship from below like a giant hand. Masts were snapped off, and axes were hacked into sucker-laden...

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