• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Pedro Salinas Critical Analysis. In his poem La voz a ti debida he explores a deeper meaning of love by comparing appearance with reality and the superficial with the transcendent.

Extracts from this document...


Pedro Salinas Critical Analysis Pedro Salinas has a reputation of one of the great love poets of his time. In his poem ?La voz a ti debida? he explores a deeper meaning of love by comparing appearance with reality and the superficial with the transcendent. This particular poem is one part of a trilogy of love poems written by the author between 1933-1939. All three were well received. The other two poems ?Razon de amor? and ?Largo lamento? describe the reason for love and the pain of separation, whereas the first focuses on the confusion of love. The works of Pedro Salinas were referred to as ?prosias? by Federico Lorca; a famous Spanish poet from a similar era. Prosias is something Lorca used to describe a work wherein there is no distinguishable pattern, rather a mixture between prose and poetry. Testament to this fact there seems to be no recognisable pattern throughout the poem. Pedro Salinas uses language that is not conventional to the poetry of his time; he uses a lot of symbolism, metaphor and imagery. ...read more.


Mermaids are also supposed to be associated with beauty and desire, they are angelic, virginal and young. They are also surrounded by water, so they are with nature, suggesting that love is natural, involuntary and all encompassing. As a result people’s identities are altered as they are overcome with emotion and fantasy. Furthermore, the mermaid in snow was confusing, however this could have been a device which Salinas used to represent the confusion of love, as he associates opposites with each other. This could be suggestive of the fact that love can enable people to be attracted to one another despite their differences. Moreover, Salinas shows that ultimately this can often result in failure, as these people are incompatible as are mermaids with snow. ‘sirenas y corales en las nieves perpetuas, y en el fondo del mar, constelaciones ya fatigadas, las tránsfugas de la gran noche huérfana, donde mueren los buzos. Los dos. Qué descarrío!’ The reference to the death of the divers suggests that they met their fate whilst searching for, or exploring, love. ...read more.


This is a purely intentional feature included by the author in order to allow each individual reader to extract and relate to particular aspects of his writings. Therefore I believe that the poem conveys a universal meaning about love, and about how people can become infatuated with others, becoming dependent and losing their identities. The phrase ?Extraviadamente amantes, por el mundo? is be representative of this, as the narrator is suggesting that love can often be misleading for everyone. I enjoyed reading this poem as it is written in an unusual style with lots of imagery. Due to the interpretative nature of ?La voz a ti debida?, each individual reader is able to extract and understand Salinas? descriptions of the concept of love in various ways, depending on their own identity and personal experiences of love. Salinas? descriptions of love could be considered somewhat ambiguous; in that sense, he has played with a general understanding of human emotion and compassion with the aim of making his work more widely applicable and understandable to a larger group of readers. This is exactly as Salinas would have wanted ? for every individual to feel as if each line had been written specifically for them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Lord of the Flies Critical Analysis

    He is clearly the most intellectual of the group. When everybody decides to scramble up to the top of the mountain to build the fire, Piggy is the only one who realizes that there is a child that is missing from the group. Piggy represents the oppressed and the ignored.

  2. Blood Wedding by Lorca. Plot outline and analysis.

    Lorca, also, deals with similar matters as this. In his tragedy Blood Wedding, Lorca depicts a Bridesgroom and Bride who are married, only to have the Bride run of with another man on the very same night. Thus, leading to the man, Leonardo, and the Bridesgroom killing each other.

  1. The Repetition of Three. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, number symbolism ...

    The deer hunt is not very violent and becomes hassle-free for the hunters. There is no physical interaction or danger in the first seduction either, it's actually relatively humorous, with Gawain pretending to sleep as the lady enters; and it further relates to the non-troubling hunting scene.

  2. English poetry analysis - Search for My Tongue and Unrelated Incidents

    Is to show the speakers that no matter how much she describes, they're not going to really understand the pain she went through of losing her culture unless you're suffering like her. B. Unrelated incidents * What is the poem suggesting about the link between language and cultural identity?

  1. Lord of the Flies Summary and Analysis of Chapters 7,8,9 and 10

    o Ralph is becoming increasingly weary as the power of the beast infects his soul. * The conch shell, the once powerful symbol of order and civilization is now useless. o As Piggy and Ralph talk, Ralph clings to it as evidence of civilization, but with its symbolic power fading, the conch shell is just an object.

  2. Racism in African-American Poetry | Poetry Anthology Project

    they'll push the button And all come in like Malcolm X or Bobby Hutton died for nothing Don't it make you get teary The world looks dreary When you wipe your eyes see it clearly There's no need for you to fear me If you take your time and hear

  1. Literary Analysis: Julius Caesar v. The Lord of the Flies

    Even while they are losing in the Second Battle of Philippi, Brutus is not abandoned by his friends Clitus, Dardanius, Voluminus, and Strato. Rather they are urge, "Fly, fly, my lord, there is no tarrying here," (Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act V, Sc. 5, 30) along with other similar statements.

  2. Ismail Kadare - Broken April Critical Analysis Essay Plan

    Maybe even embrace in love far away? From that moment, the enlightenment lamp would only burn brighter. More strength. She now questions the Ali Dimak. Conversation. Explanation – Meeting a like-frequencied person is always an inspiration. Likewise ensues here. Tired of seeing all the barbaric, insensitive and naïve, people throughout,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work