How Far Did You Identify Different ‘Speaking Voices’ in the Poems Which You Studied? How Was the Speaking Voice Created and What Were Its Qualities in at Least Three Poems You Have Studied?

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How far did you identify different ‘speaking voices’ in the poems which you studied? How was the speaking voice created and what were its qualities in at least three poems you have studied? “Sentences are not different enough to hold the attention unless they are dramatic. No ingenuity of varying structure will do. All that can save them is the speaking tone of voice somehow entangled in the words and fastened to the page for the ear of imagination.” Robert Frost, a renowned poet, stresses that the speaking voice of the poem is more important than the words itself and the poetry of Pablo Neruda could not agree more. Throughout his life, there are two major speaking voices which he puts on; that of lust and insatiable longing in his youth, as shown in poems such as “Body of a Woman”, and that of acceptance in his later years, as shown in “Sonnet XVII”, although his feelings of yearning never quite disappear. His interpretations of his feelings causes the reader to step back and reassess what they thought to be familiar emotions and the subtlety in which he does this just seems to emphasise the emotions. In “Body of a Woman”, Neruda’s speaking voice is full of longing and desire, and this shows through the various imagery he creates for us, the reader. The poem is essentially a poem in praise of the female body and Neruda speaks as though he worships it. The verbs used in this poem is particularly powerful; “digs”, “leap”, “swamped”, “crushing”, and “persist” are all forceful actions which ties into the tone of this poem; intimate but possessive. As a young man, many of Neruda’s poems speak about him possessing the woman, making her his own and doing what he will with her. The line “body of a woman” changing to “body of my woman” at the end of the poem shows this change in mentality that Neruda has after he has made love to her and thus, made her his.
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