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In this section an example of Neruda’s  application of imagery in his works, specifically looking to the poem “And Because Love Battles”.



“And Because Love Battles” by: Pablo Neruda

And because love battles
not only in its burning agricultures
but also in the mouth of men and women,
I will finish off by taking the path away
to those who between my chest and your fragrance
want to interpose their obscure plant.

About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.

I lived in the prairies
before I got to know you
and I did not wait love but I was
laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose.

What more can they tell you?
I am neither good nor bad but a man,
and they will then associate the danger
of my life, which you know
and which with your passion you shared.

And good, this danger
is danger of love, of complete love
for all life,
for all lives,
and if this love brings us
the death and the prisons,
I am sure that your big eyes,
as when I kiss them,
will then close with pride,
into double pride, love,
with your pride and my pride.

But to my ears they will come before
to wear down the tour
of the sweet and hard love which binds us,
and they will say: “The one
you love,
is not a woman for you,
Why do you love her? I think
you could find one more beautiful,
more serious, more deep,
more other, you understand me, look how she’s light,
and what a head she has,
and look at how she dresses,
and etcetera and etcetera”.

And I in these lines say:
Like this I want you, love,
love, Like this I love you,
as you dress
and how your hair lifts up
and how your mouth smiles,
light as the water
of the spring upon the pure stones,
Like this I love you, beloved.

To bread I do not ask to teach me
but only not to lack during every day of life.
I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
explanations,
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.

 

You came to my life
with what you were bringing,
made
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
and to those who want to hear tomorrow
that which I will not tell them, let them read it here,
and let them back off today because it is early
for these arguments.

Tomorrow we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.




       Beginning with stanza one the poem already exhibits visual imagery. Visual
imagery is seen in the second line of the poem where it is said that love
battles in its “burning agricultures” which brings images of fire and land.
Another example of visual imagery is also readily seen in stanza three in
line four where it is stated “ I jumped on the rose” this image is pretty
straight forward though the image in itself is rather surreal and hardly
plausible.


       Moving along in the poem more images are seen. Love imagery is well
imbedded in this particular poem as well as common in Neruda’s other works.
“I am sure that your big eyes, as when I kiss them, will then close with
pride, into double pride, love, with your pride and my pride.” is a line
that exhibits a good example of love imagery in this poem; taken from the
fifth stanza its visual imagery translates into more emotional images
associated with love and affection.


       Another recurring image in this work as well as others is light and
darkness. Light imagery is seen in stanza nine where it says “ I only want
the light to light up”. Images of darkness are also recurring throughout
this poem triggered by words such as “night” and “shadows”. The final type
of imagery readily seen in “And Because Love Battles” is nature imagery
exhibited in the final stanza “a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth” shows how Neruda incorporates nature imagery
in his works bringing up, in this specific example, images of leaves and
trees while also including references to images of love.

Website Courtesy Of: Ariat Cruz, Cristina Loreto, and Iyari Tolmos; Coral Gables Senior High , 12th AP/IB World Author Web Site Project. 2007.