Tonight I Can Write By Pablo Neruda

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‘Tonight I can write’ by Pablo Neruda At the first time I was reading this poem ‘Tonight I can write’, I was quite surprised that it doesn’t have any rhymes. Even though it does not have rhymes the most poems have, I was able to draw a picture of every line and stanza like I’ve been there with the speaker. Later I found out that it was translated from Spanish to English. More amazement was surged. “How this poem can be expressed so vividly even it was translated?” I came with an answer to the question that an image of nature is playing the largest role of revealing theme of Tonight I can write. As goes through the poem, you can draw an image of nature where might the speaker might had been. Neruda addressed speaker’s emotional and spiritual state by constant using of nature imagery. In the second and third line, he resembled words that have similarity of meaning. He says Write, for example, ‘The night is starry and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.’ Those words ‘the night’, ‘blue’ ‘shiver’ and ‘distance’ create a scenery of depressed, cold ,night, imagery that matches his mood as he begin writing. In addition, the personification of stars as blue and shivering shows that the speaker was the one who is in pain as blue and shivering from recalling the past relationship with his love in the distance. In the second stanza, the speaker’s loneliness internal states as after his lost love as a theme was leaded mostly by use of personified image of nature. Neruda repeats the first line, ’Tonight I can write the saddest lines’ in the fifth again. The repetition emphasizes important fact that the speaker is still in pain of remembering his memory of love in the past although now he is in the distance from it. This grammatical repetition is appeared as the sixth lines in the ninth. ‘I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.’ ‘She loved
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