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"Clenched Soul"

Neruda is known for having a very romantic style in poems. His poems are known by his passion and sentimentalism that he expresses. In the poem "Clenched Soul" Neruda applies romance and passion, the reader feels his dreadfulness and sorrow shown in lines 9-10 "I remembered you with my soul clenched/ In that sadness of mine that you know." Neruda clearly shows his sadness, and even more when he states that the beloved left him alone when he needed her the most, "Why will the whole love come on me suddenly/ When I am sad and feel you are far away?" 

 

Neruda applies symbolism by the implement of the color "blue," which means sad, sorrow, melancholic, and he applies it in the following sentences: "No one saw us this evening hand in hand/ While the blue night dropped on the world" (line 3), "and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet" (line 16); "blue" is the color of sadness for Neruda, and by using Simile he compares his sweater with a "Hurt dog," which is the most despective adjetive he has applied in the poem. Neruda's point of view is first person central, because he is the one who is expressing his feeling, and all the poem is about how he feels and asking rhetorical questions, because there is no answer in any moment, he is making questions to someone who is not there anymore with him. 

 

The irony is dramatic, since the theme of the poem is love not corresponded, the mood is somber and negative, and the tone is passionate, serious, and urging, the urge of love and company, the urge of having someone there to listen to him and be there at the twilight so he does not feel rejected or lonely.


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