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Audrey Femrite

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of Pianos

Ode to the Piano
All About Pianos
Literary Devices
Scene 1
"The Prelude"
Scene 2
"We're half way there"
Scene 3
"The finale"
The pianist entered the piano, flying like a crow (lines 6-7)
He flew down like a lost crow (41-42)
The sweetness slid like rain over a bell (13-15)
Then the man returned
from the tree of music
The milk of dawn surrounded the silence
That's how the music was born from the piano which was dying.
Or a crazy night
The piano was sad

"Something happened as if a stone of silver fell" (lines 8-9)
across the abyss (line 18)
The structure of the rose sang.
Or a hand into a hidden pond (lines 10-12)
The poem starts just like a concert would start; with the pianist coming onto the stage. He opens up the piano, and begins to play
Neruda finishes his poem as the pianist finishes his piece and walks away.
The poem recaps how well the pianist performs his or her piece by using metaphors.
In this scene Neruda exquisitely explains the variety of notes with beautifully crafted metaphors (i.e The Concert fell, moved up over the coffin of the piano). By doing this he is able to clearly and precisely explain the performance.
The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori. He used instruments such as the harpsichord and dulcimer as models for the piano. The result was an instrument that could produce sounds by a hammer hitting strings. This gave the piano the ability to be expressive because of its range of volume, whereas the dulcimer and harpsichord were stuck at one relative volume.
Pablo Neruda probably wrote this poem to honor the expressive nature of the piano, and how piano pieces sound.
Then the piano opened its mouth.
The structure of the rose sang.
The piano was sad
The piano, which was dying.
Dillon Haffner, Lauren Gillies, Audrey Femrite
The theme of the poem is the sounds of the piano are beautiful, and they create images in the listener's head
Works Cited
Kirby, F. E. "Piano." The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book, 2008. 445-48. Print.
Neruda, Pablo. "Ode to the Piano." Salt River Review. Salt River Review, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
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