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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Builder Summary

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In lines 1-4, Neruda is saying that he will chose his own chimera, which is a mythological and fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail, but could also be interpreted as meaning "illusion." He will make his likeness from frozen salt. He says he has based his time on the "great rain," and he is still living, regardless.

In lines 5-8, he speaks of his "broad dominion," meaning his tendency to wander and the vast amount of space he has covered in his life. Each new place he goes divides up his dreams. There are distinct differences in the tone of each new place. It was at this time that he went to the "coast."

In lines 9-21, he describes seeing the ship from its beginning, the smooth and honey-scented woodwork. The ship launches but does not...

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