Keeping Quiet By Pablo Neruda Analysis

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KEEPING QUIET Rakshit Patni Kanika Dang English thesis paper 22nd October 2015 Man is a victim of his own doings. As long as men are always up and doing, differences and unrest will prevail in the world. It is only when men will keep quiet and spend time in introspection, will they be able to make amends. Pablo Neruda a poet from the 20th century has explained in his poem ‘Keeping Quiet’ the value of the men being quiet and spending time in introspection, leading to a better world. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) is the pen name of Neftali Ricardo Beyes Basoalto who was born in the town of Parrel in Chile. He always remained active in the political and literary arena of his country. His poems are full of…show more content…
Pablo Neruda was critical of any kind of political or social oppressions. His poem ‘Keeping Quiet’ is a call for introspection for all human beings who have divided themselves on the basis of race, language and nationalities. The poem is presented in the form of an exercise for meditating in silence. In these moments of silence one can break the shackles of discrimination, hatred, violence and create an exotic moment of togetherness. In such inactivity and silence we can feel the strength of humanity. The poem begins on a note of meditation and introspection. The readers are asked to count to twelve as a start to an exercise of meditation and then sit still. This is a start to make the readers to talk to themselves in no rush of life and no noise of engines. The poet signifies this moment of silence to be exotic. In this moment of silence one can…show more content…
In the rush of life, man gets no time to understand himself, and by knowing and understanding oneself, man will finally be able to find the most searched happiness of life. Elizabeth Gilbert quoted-“ we search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. your treasure- your perfection- is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the
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