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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - The Watersong Ends Summary & Analysis

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The Watersong Ends Summary

In lines 1-24: Neruda is telling a story in these lines. He tells of himself as a frightened 20-year old boy, being taken into the jungles of Vietnam in 1928. He trembles with fear, certain that all the omens and signs are pointing to his death; the strange foreign people terrify him. They are different, they must be savages. Then, suddenly, a drum starts up and the foreigners are dancing for him - to entertain him, a traveler far from home, to make him feel welcome. It was then that he awakened to the idea of all men as brothers, and he learned a lesson about himself and about the correct way to approach the world.

In lines 25-49: The story shifts to Vietnam 40 years later. A "brutish invader" has broken the peace and gathered the "tiny country into a...

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