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Neruda has crafted surreal poems from the Residence on Earth collection through his use of imagery and diction, reflecting a sense of isolation and dislocation.

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Neruda has crafted surreal poems from the Residence on Earth collection through his use of imagery and diction, reflecting a sense of isolation and dislocation. Surrealism started after World War. It is when people are depressed and start questioning life because things did not make sense. Surrealism is merging reality and fantasy together. It allows both the reader and creator to experience something fresh and unleashing the unconscious mind, to break patterns. Normally a poet's work will not be considered as a surreal piece of work. However Neruda uses imagery and diction to create surreal atmospheres in several poems. Even though he did not admit he was influenced by surrealism or deny that but from his work we could clearly see that he did got a bit influenced. This not only shows how creative he is but also his introspective point of view on the objects he mentioned in the poems. After interpreting his poems we could understand how he feels about the things in life that he wrote about in the poem. ...read more.

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It is seen in 2 of the poems I am talking. Examples are, ��shout without a mouth��, ��with my convict face�K and it howls on its way like a wounded wheel��. Neruda places silence and sound together suggesting the dislocation of the things, given that something silent should not makes any noise, nevertheless it does in the poems. In order to create the surreal image of his hatred towards the isolation he merges an adjective with a noun but in a weird pair. For example ��death is green��, ��exasperated winter��, ��painful utensils��. The synesthesia not only enhances the lonely images but also brings out dislocation by mismatching the adjectives with noun creating surreal images throughout the poem. Surreal images of nature are represented in the poems to highlight the isolation as surrealism does not parallel with reality. The surreal imageries stand out from the reality imageries. Some of the surreal images of nature are ��green knife��, ��and it clothes echo, hushed like a tree�� and ��beds sailing into a harbor��. ...read more.

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CONNECTION TO ISOLATION/DISLOCATION Death is also repeated in these poems. The repetition not only is an evident to point out that this is a surreal poem but also to create a macabre and nightmarish atmosphere and image. Neruda is trying to strengthen the idea of isolation since when people die they leave Earth to another world which often gives people a sense of aloneness. Another repetition is used in Walking Around. It has repeated four times ��into�� in a stanza. It gives the readers a feeling that they are going deeper and deeper. Neruda does this as he is too trying to go deeper and deeper to unlock the unconscious mind. It goes further and further from the reality creating the isolation feeling again. Overall Neruda has crafted surreal poems from the Residence on Earth collection through his use of imagery and diction, reflecting a sense of isolation and dislocation. He is trying to reflect a sense of isolation and dislocation through surreal poems because he is probably influenced by the society when he is writing the poems. Everyone is depressed from the World War, trying to find something that makes sense in the subconscious mind. ...read more.

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