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World Literature Commentary on Oh Earth, Wait for Me Pablo Neruda

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World Literature Commentary on ?Oh Earth, Wait for Me? ? Pablo Neruda. By Charlotte Tsa Oh Earth, Wait for Me by Pablo Neruda Return me, oh sun, to my wild destiny, rain of the ancient wood, bring me back the aroma and the swords that fall from the sky, the solitary peace of pasture and rock, the damp at the river-margins, the smell of the larch tree, the wind alive like a heart beating in the crowded restlessness of the towering araucaria. Earth, give me back your pure gifts, the towers of silence which rose from the solemnity of their roots, I want to go back to being what I have not been, and learn to go back from such deeps that amongst all natural things I could live or not live; it does not matter to be one stone more, the dark stone, the pure stone which river bears away. Pablo Neruda?s ?Oh Earth, Wait for Me? is a poem where the beauty of nature is emphasized as being imperative towards the persona. Taken from the collection ?Memorial de Isla Negra?, it is one of the examples of Neruda?s views on the comparison of civilization and nature. ...read more.

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Once the sun comes from the horizon to start a new day, it symbolizes rebirth and happiness; representing how nature will bloom once more as a new beginning, or how human life will be born once again. In the first stanza, the persona introduces nature as to be something of great importance within the earth. The way Neruda emphasizes ?bring me back the aroma and the swords that fall from the sky?? is personifying the weather to be so powerful that not only is; touch the only sense that could be felt, but the ?aroma? of the weather could be smelt, and nearly to taste. The ?swords? are represented as rain, representing how the sharp droplets of water can be felt; leaving a great deal of impression on the persona. After the lines of Neruda?s wishes, the listing of ?the solitary peace of pasture and rock, the damp at the river-margins, the smell of the larch tree, the wind alive like a heart?beating in the crowded restlessness of the towering araucaria? emphasizes the different elements that each specific part of nature contains. ...read more.

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?I want to go back to being what I have not been, and learn to go back from such deeps that amongst all natural things?. Neruda implies about his views upon human life and nature. He believes that Nature has more values, where he would like to be part of the beauty of nature and earth, instead of people a human being. By turning earth, as a symbol of nature and the beauty of it, Neruda presents us with a world where civilization is insignificant and only a hindrance to the power of non-artificial purity that lies within the society. It could be interoperated as the following, because Neruda has failed to mention civilization within the poem, and has spoken greatly of the environment, in where he fell in passion with. This poem would be contrasting between the peace of nature and the destruction of civilization, where Neruda can escape from the cruel reality of the society in which he is condemned in. The tranquility of nature is the one soul place for Neruda to have a change in perspective and longing for a place of harmony. ...read more.

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