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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Poetry Summary & Analysis

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Poetry Summary

In lines 1-13, Neruda speaks of when poetry arrived in search of him. He knows not from where it came, or how or when. He did not hear voices speaking to him, rather, he was summoned away by an invisible force, and "it" touched him.

In lines 14-37, something started in his soul, like a fever, and he made his own way, deciphering the "fire." He wrote his first feeble, faint, substance-free line, and suddenly, the heavens opened up and he could see everything from the planets to the shadows, fire, arrows and flowers, making up the universe.

In lines 38-46, he just a nothing nobody, was suddenly an elite member of the supernatural, holding the keys to the abyss, set free to wheel in the stars. He describes it as his "heart breaking loose on the wind."

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