[Poetry is based on personal responses: these are my own perceptions of Neruda's poem.]
In Neruda's poem "Lost in the forest," my understanding of the poem in its entirety comes from the resolution in the last stanza. In this verse, Neruda employs a great deal of imagery from nature.
Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.
In the above stanza, the speaker speaks almost cryptically, though we are assailed with sensory images: dark twig, whisper, thirsty lips, rain crying, cracked bell and torn heart. All of these set a mood of unease. The last three images indicate pain, perhaps over something broken: rain crying, cracked bell and torn heart—all images have been introduced with the line "lost in the forest." In some way, we can sense that the speaker has perhaps lost his way; but the forest may well be figurative rather than literal, as "twig" and "rain" are the only...
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