In Pablo Neruda's Sonnet VI ("Lost in the forest..."), what do sound devices add to the poem? I'm especially confused about the effect of the only rhyme 'mind-behind' in the poem.

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In Pablo Neruda's early poetry, he used stanzas, rhyme and syntax, however, as he got older, for instance publishing a book in 1933, his poetic technique changed drastically.

In [Residence on Earth], Pablo Neruda moves beyond the lucid, conventional lyricism of Twenty Love Poems, abandoning normal syntax, rhyme, and stanzaic organization to create a highly personalized poetic technique.

It is impossible to say what the author of poetry or the painter of a portrait means, unless he or she explains the piece. Different people will perceive different meanings to all kinds of art: in this case, Neruda's poem, "Lost in the Forest."

First of all, I do not think that "mind/behind" is a purposeful rhyme. There is no other rhyme used in the poem. I can only guess that the words are close because of what Neruda was trying to say in his poem. It has also been noted (I would assume by those who spoke his native tongue) that some of Neruda's musical quality is lost when his poems are translated from the...

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