Pablo Neruda's "Tonight I Can Write (The Saddest Lines)" contains numerous metaphors. In addition to what the other Educator answer mentions, the following two lines contain metaphors:
- Love is so short.
- Her voice, her bright body.
Neither seems to be a blatant example of metaphor , both can...
be identified as metaphors based upon the full text andimagery defined within the body of the poem.
In the first example, the speaker is comparing love to time. Overall, the poem speaks to the passage of time. The speaker recalls the existence of "her" both before and after he loved her. Therefore, the metaphor exists through the speaker comparing love being short to life being short.
In the second example, the speaker compares "her" body to a celestial body found in the night sky. The speaker describes the night sky numerous times throughout the poem. Here, one could argue that the speaker's description of "her bright body" could be in comparison to the stars in the sky. While not an overtly obvious metaphor, when one examines the major imagery present in the poem, one could argue that this line meets the requirements of being identified as a metaphor.