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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Past Summary & Analysis

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Past Summary

In lines 1-32, Neruda is saying that we have to get rid of the past. Knock it down floor by floor. Each new day is a blank slate and it has to be filled with new ideas. Even so, if we accomplish this, our yesterdays fall as naturally into our consciousness as rain. It is difficult to forget the past.

In lines 33-65, there was a time when we lived the days we remember from our past, but those days are gone. We are the same, yet not the same, because of the things we have lived through.

Past Analysis

The essence of this poem is a solid lesson. Let go of the past because what's done is done and cannot be undone. Neruda is telling us that living in the past is an empty occupation with no reward. Live in the now...

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