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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Poet's Obligation Summary & Analysis

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Poet's Obligation Summary

In lines 1-12, Neruda is speaking to whoever is not listening to the sea, whoever is copped up at work or in a factory or in a jail cell. He, the poet, comes to him or her, and opens the door of their prison. A great tremor starts up and there is a fragment of thunder.

In lines 13-30, Neruda is saying that poetry is his destiny, and it is his job, his obligation, to keep such ideas in his awareness. He must gather the poetry all around us in a cup so that no matter where a person locked away from poetry may be found, he will be there. He will bring to the person who lifts their eyes and laments, "How can I reach the sea," the "starry echoes of the wave." Through him, he says, "freedom and the...

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