Analysis Of Some Beasts By Pablo Neruda

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“Some Beasts” by Pablo Neruda is a beautiful poem that is a great example of his overall body or work. Pablo Neruda utilizes unique similes and archetypes in order to depict a beautiful scene full of Chile’s most famous and charismatic creatures. The first few lines in the poem were beautifully crafted with easy to understand figurative language. The iguana was described in parts, with his ridge being described as a rainbow and his tongue being compared to a dart. The rainbow-ridge beautifully ties back to the first line of the poem, which links the idea of twilight, a colorful time of the day that is full of reds, oranges, blues, and yellows, to the coloration found in the baggy ridges of the iguana. This connection of the sun to the iguana almost gives the iguana a mystical aura, leaning into the poem’s fable-like quality and mood. This fable-like tone is further described in the prey that the Iguana eats. The anthill is described succinctly with one word, which was “monastic”, which means a monastery or monk-like quality. Not only does this word describe the ant-hill, the inanimate object the ants live in, which are full of cells and chambers like a monastery, but also describes the inhabitants inside the anthill. The potentially trite comparison is made anew with comparing busy and diligent ants to busy and devoted monks, giving a unique and mystical aura to the ants as well. All of this reading comes from the skillful use of one word, “monastic”. The next few animals
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