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What are some metaphors Pablo Neruda uses in "Every Day You Play"?

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Posted April 11, 2011 at 12:42 AM via web

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What are some metaphors Pablo Neruda uses in "Every Day You Play"?

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

Posted April 11, 2011 at 2:26 AM (Answer #1)

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There are a number of metaphors in Pablo Neruda's love poem, entitled, "Every Day You Play." Here are a few.

In the first stanza, Neruda compares "you" (the object of his affection—perhaps to holding her body in his hands, "tightly") to a cluster of fruit. "Like" or "as" are not used in making this comparison, so it cannot be a simile, but must be a metaphor. His ideas seems to draw on images of nature to compare with the flow of their relationship.

You are more than this white head that I hold tightly

as a cluster of fruit, every day, between my hands.

In the third stanza, Neruda uses the imagery of a metaphor again when he seemingly compares the clouds in the sky to fish:

The sky is a net crammed with shadowy fish.

Also in the third stanza, Neruda uses a metaphor that is also an example of personification, when he describes the torrential rain falling outside.

The rain takes off her clothes.

Neruda uses figurative language to describe this woman he loves and nature passing around them. Specifically, he uses metaphors, a type of figurative language.



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