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carmen85 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM via web

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Please provide examples of the kinds of figures of speech used in the poem, "Every day you play" by Pablo Neruda.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM (Answer #1)

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In Pablo Neruda's poem, "Every Day You Play," metaphorical language is used throughout the piece.

For instance, the first two lines compare the woman the poet is speaking of, to the sun and what the sun is capable of doing to elements of nature—turning the water into sparkling liquid, and causing the flower to open.

Every day you play with the light of the universe.
Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water.

The last line of the poem compares the poet's love and passion to the spring and its effect on cherry blossoms: he wants to be able to awaken this woman to love and passion and allow her to bloom, the way the spring brings a riot of beautiful colors in the advent of cherry trees blooming.

I want
to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

A great example of personification is found in: "The rain takes off her clothes."

Neruda uses impressive imagery, and personification, with his line:

While the sad wind goes slaughtering butterflies...

The imagery is found with "slaughtering butterflies," and personification is found with "sad wind."

Neruda write powerful poetry that relies on various kinds of poetic devices/literary devices.


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