Summations [10-9-08]

An invariable angel inhabits my sword the angel

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it may even be a flashback. “An invariable angel inhabits my sword”. The angel represents him slipping into death, and when it inhabits his sword, it is like it is taking the final step for him.
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7 Lee, Jordan 10/9/08 1°English Moffett Title: Absence of Joaquin (51) Thesis: Through the effects of Joaquin’s death, Neruda shows us how important Joaquin was to him.
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8 Lee, Jordan 10/9/08 1°English Moffett This poem is kind of weird. It seems like Neruda is almost idolizing Joaquin for the things he could do. Although it does not seem like it in the first stanza, it is just a set up. “from now on I see him hurtling into his death/and behind him I hear the days of time closing” (3-4). The word hurtling makes use of its connotation of a hurtling fireball or a hurtling comet or flying saucer, intended to make it seem like it is approaching or moving fast; in this case, Joaquin’s death/absence approaching fast. In the second stanza, Neruda talks about how Joaquin affects everything around him (everything being represented by the metaphor of water). “when he strikes, drops rise, and a noise,/a resolute muffled noise, I hear it forming”. This makes Joaquin seem all powerful, like he can control the water like God or something. We are also shown these God-like powers in the last line of the second stanza “they splash over me, those waters, and burn like acids”. This shows the vast powers of Joaquin. The last stanza talks about his dreams and his qualities. “His apparel of dreams and immoderate nights,/his disobedient soul, his prepared pallor/sleep with him once and for all”. He lists his good qualities and says how they will be with Joaquin forever.Title: Serenade (59) Thesis: In “Serenade”, Pablo Neruda describes the perks of being rich and famous through his use of examples. This poem seems like it is bragging about the little perks and advantages that the rich and famous get. In the first stanza, Neruda talks about how one can “run through the fields behind the trains/the lean ploughman turns his back on you”. This basically mean that the ploughman is letting one slide because they are so rich; the ploughman is hoping to get in good favors by letting this go. The second stanza, “The young man with no memories salutes you”. To me, this “young man with no memories” represents random people on the street who have no clue who the rich people are, but know that they are rich, so, like the ploughman, try to get on their good side. The third stanza talks about how one starts getting greedy once they become rich. “I remember the first day of thirst”, thirst for more money, more perks, more more more. The final stanza talks about the vast things one can do when they are rich. “But you hush the great trees, and above the moon, out past/everything”. He is basically saying you can silence the trees, go higher than the moon, and blow past everything if you have money.
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9 Lee, Jordan 10/9/08 1°English Moffett
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10 Lee, Jordan 10/9/08 1°English Moffett Title: Ars Poetica (61) Thesis: In “Ars Poetica”, Pablo Neruda describes the procedures of a common funeral.
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