Tonight I Can Write by Pablo Neruda

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Topics for Further Study

(Poetry for Students)

Take a walk in a natural setting: the woods, the beach, a park. Write a poem about what you see. Does your mood in any way affect your descriptions?

Research theories of remembering and forgetting. How does your research relate to the speaker in “Tonight I Can Write” ?

Compare and contrast the statements on despair in W. H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues” and Neruda’s “Song of Despair.” How does the style in each reflect the theme?