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Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda
Mary Lehnon 5 April 2013
Transcript of Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda
by Pablo Neruda
pg. 1025 Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.
Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.
My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life. My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.
Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country. Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
but never your laughter
for I would die. THEME: Laughter is the best medicine; love is vital. SPEAKER: simply a man in love with a woman, Neruda often wrote about his experiences TONE: Romantic alliteration "laugh at this clumsy boy who loves you" The entire poem is EUPHONIC meaning it has a harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound love, wish, laughter, flower, moon, joy imagery imagery imagery imagery FREE VERSE: SENSORY DEVICES: "eyes tired from having seen the unchanging earth," "you see my blood staining the stones of the street"
narrator loves hearing laughter CHARACTERIZATION: no pattern or rhyme main character is very passionate about his lover, he claims that his lover's laughter is all he needs SETTING: unspecified, timeless Author's Purpose Pablo Neruda often wrote poetry about his own life experiences. Whether he was overwhelmed with love or missing his hometown, Neruda always documented his thoughts and feelings in his poetry- self-expression through words. "Your Laughter" by Pablo
Neruda tells the story of a young man in love. The woman he's in love with he describes as having a beautiful laugh. Neruda conveys that laughter is the best medicine, and that all he needs is her laugh- nothing else. He goes into detail about how his life isn't complete without her chuckle there to comfort him. metaphor metaphor personification 5 10 simile simile repetition 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Diction/Jargon common, vernacular metaphor