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What imagery is used in the poem "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda?

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Imagery is description using the five senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. Neruda's "If You Forget Me" is a lyrical love poem: a lyrical poem expresses emotion in beautiful and creative ways.

Neruda uses lyrical imagery to describe love in this poem. For example, he compares the sweetness of love to "a flower" that climbs up his lover's lips to greet him. We can visualize a lover's lips blooming like a flower, and also feel the softness of the flower and the smell its sweet scent, making this a potent image.

Neruda writes of his own love as a "fire" that "feeds" on the love of his beloved. We can imagine the way a fire grows and gets warmer as it is fed.

Neruda tells his lover that the love he has for her will always be in her arms as a warming fire. At the same time, this love will not leave his own arms. We can visualize the two lovers joined together by the warmth of lovers' shared fire.

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Pablo Neruda's "If You Forget Me" is the quintessential love poem. It is beautiful . The...

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