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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems Chapter Summary & Analysis - Religion in the East Summary

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Religion in the East Summary

In lines 1-22, Neruda is speaking of time he spent in Rangoon. Here he sees certain things that cause him to being pondering religion. He sees all different kinds of gods. Alabaster, like white whales appear gilded and serpent-like. He deems all of these "gods" capable of anything. They can impose their heavens upon us, torture us, burn our blood. Neruda says that these are "fierce gods made by men to conceal their cowardice." He says they make the whole world reek of heavenly merchandise.

Religion in the East Analysis

Rangoon is a city in Southeast Asia, and Neruda is speaking in this poem of time he spent there, a region which is predominantly Buddhist. Neruda must have bristled against the altars, shrines and temples that he must have seen everywhere, dripping with gold offerings to what would have looked to...

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