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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Fisherman Summary & Analysis

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The Fisherman Summary

In lines 1-19, Neruda is telling a story of a naked fisherman, attacking the fish that are trapped in the rock pool. There is a moment of silence and then the waves rise like a fury, smashing the fisherman and his spear into the rock. The sea is uncaring, like a butterfly of bloodstain and salt.

The Fisherman Analysis

Neruda is saying with this poem that no matter how fierce the hand of man, no matter what weapons we may fashion, the power of nature cannot be questioned, and is absolute. This poem almost lines out the food chain: helpless fish are being mercilessly harpooned by the fierce fisherman, and the merciless wave fiercely wipes out helpless fisherman.

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