Comparison Between “Always” and “Tonight I Can Write” Essay

1402 Words Jun 12th, 2011 6 Pages
The poems by Pablo Neruda that I chose to analyze are complete opposites. In “Always” he describes his feelings for a woman and how they are forever. In “Tonight I Can Write”, Neruda writes about the end of a relationship, the end of love. His descriptions are very vivid in both poems, vivid enough that they make the reader feel what the writer is feeling.
In Pablo Neruda’s “Always” the narrator is trying to express his feelings for the woman he loves. He starts the poem starts by telling his loved one that he is “not jealous of what came before me”(line 1-2), the relationships she had before. I believe he starts with this sentiment because he wants his loved one to know and fully understand that he loves her completely and regardless of
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He continues to say that when he remembers that does not have her anymore, when he feels that he lost her; those thoughts give him the inspiration to write the saddest lines. His feeling of loneliness is emphasized by the “immense night, still more immense without her” (13). The narrator does not analyze his relationship or why it ended, the only thing that he considers worth mentioning is that the relationship did in fact end. When he says “the night is starry and she is not with me” (16), I understand that he is accepting the fact that life continues even though his relationship was over.
I find these two poems to be so different and so much alike at the same time. In both poems Neruda’s sentiments are straightforward, honest and heartfelt. “Always” describes the joys of being in love and that love being corresponded; while “Tonight I Can Write” describes the heartache of ending a relationship and still longing for the other person. In both poems the author uses vivid descriptions to make the reader feel what he feels, see what he sees and imagine what he imagines. For example, in “Always”, he compares the woman he loves to a river and the men in her relationship past to “drowned men”, I can see this image clearly in my mind and feel undeniable love and acceptance. In the second poem, “Tonight I Can Write”, the imagery used by…

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