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Tonight I Can Write

One theme, the main theme, is the emptiness caused by lost love in an immense universe. The two ideas of love and universe are tied inseparably together in Neruda’s poem. The poetry "falls" into...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

The primary symbol in the poem is the night, which comes to represent or contain (or possibly cause) all the action in the poem: the poet's memory of his lover, their love, his imperfect...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020 11:26 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

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...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 9:32 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

The speaker is lamenting the brevity of love. Love, no matter how intense it may be, can so often vanish into thin air. For one reason or another, lovers can fall out of love so very easily. What...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 6:41 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

We could identify several themes in Pablo Neruda's "Tonight I Can Write," but the poem is primarily a meditation on the nature of love, loss, and memory, as well as about how life experiences...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2018 6:41 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

As the educator who previously answered this question mentioned, Neruda uses repetition—or a "refrain"—to create a sense of mournful suffering throughout the poem. Additionally, Neruda uses...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2017 7:44 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

This poem by Pablo Neruda explores the melancholy the speaker feels over his lost love: "Tonight I can write the saddest lines." The night has inspired the speaker to reminisce about his...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2008 9:38 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

The narrator of the poem "Tonight I Can Write" is lamenting a love he has lost—this unnamed but vexing and beautiful woman. In the poem, he clearly states that he held a deep and passionate love...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

"Tonight I Can Write" shows both love and acceptance of reality both through metaphor and explicit exposition. The narrator shows how he has lost his love, and that while he is trying to forget...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 5:38 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

The late Nobel Prize laureate and Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote poems with universal appeal, but some of which also reflected his Chilean roots. His poem “Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines”...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 5:27 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

The Random House Dictionary defines the word “elegy” as “a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.” Pablo Neruda’s poem “Tonight I can write the...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2012 8:32 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

Neruda's “Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines” describes a love story from the initial infatuation to the painful separation. This poem expresses the pain the poet feels after losing his...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 9:37 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

In the poem "Tonight I Can Write" by Pablo Neruda, the narrator reminisces about a former lover in what he calls "the saddest lines." It is an emotional experience for him. He evokes nature in the...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 5:12 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

Pablo Neruda's poem "Tonight I Can Write" is about the loss of the speaker's lover. The poem moves readers through the speaker's new ability to write about the painful experience of losing his or...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 12:50 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

In many ways, this is a poem that celebrates the mood of despondency and loss and values it as being integral to the human experience. In one sense, the poet's appreciation of the beauty of the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 7:00 am UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

"Tonight I Can Write" by Pablo Neruda is loosely based on a poetic form known as the "ghazal." It is originally an Arabic form that uses couplets and a refrain. The typical subject matter of the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

It can be difficult to analyze and understand a poem. This poem, "Tonight I can Write" by Pablo Neruda, is an extremely emotional poem. In order to understand it, it might be helpful to first look...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 8:25 pm UTC

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Tonight I Can Write

This poem points towards the source of good poetry being a deep dissatisfaction that abides within the soul, which expresses itself in some of the most exquisite lines in all love poetry. The...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2013 9:17 am UTC

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