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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Word Summary & Analysis

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The Word Summary

In lines 1-4, "the word," is something that is born in us, instinctively.

In lines 5-13, words are refined by cultures, and cultures sometimes die and sometimes migrate. Then, new settlements are made, and words, languages, are further refined.

In lines 14-17, Neruda is saying that language is the inheritance that we are all entitled to. It is what connects us all, past, present and future.

In lines 18-30, Neruda is imagining the first word ever spoken. It was just a noise, something that could not be understood. Neruda is saying that it was a drop that fell that started a ripple effect.

In lines 31-38, words had to be refined from there, to be infused with meaning. Verbs, the action words, took over the power.

In lines 39-48, Neruda is saying: to not have language is to die. It is...

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