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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Portrait in the Rock Summary & Analysis

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The Portrait in the Rock Summary

In lines 1-26, Neruda is describing a man he once knew. He says he had a stony substance. He left his family in Paraguay, when the police called him to the door and beat him up so much that he spat blood through France, Denmark, Spain, and Italy until he died, and Neruda stopped seeing his face. One night, the speaker of the poem, Neruda, looks far off and sees his friend. His face is formed in stone, his profile defiled by the wild weather. He was an exile, but now he lives in his own country.

The Portrait in the Rock Analysis

This may be another poem about Cesar Vallejo. The character in the poem seems to fit the profile. Neruda described Vallejo as having a face that was carved out of stone, and like the man in...

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