What does Pablo Neruda mean in "La Infinita"? I included the poem for convenience...?
What does Pablo Neruda mean in "La Infinita"? I included the poem for convenience...? I really don't know how to interpret it's meaning... I've never been much of a poetry person and don't really get everything. I have to present on it briefly tomorrow but don't know what to say.
Can anyone give me some ideas about what it means, what Neruda is trying to express? Why he says the things he does?
A copy of Pablo Neruda's "La Infinita" follows:
La infinita: (espanol)
Ves estas manos? Han medido
la tierra, han separado
los minerales y los cereales,
han hecho la paz y la guerra,
han derribado las distancias
de todos los mares y rÃos,
y sin embargo
cuando te recorren
a ti, pequeÃ±a, grano de trigo, alondra,
no alcanzan a abarcarle,
se cansan alcanzando
las palomas gemelas
que reposan o vuelan en tu pecho,
recorren las distancias de tus piernas,
se enrollan en la luz de tu cintura.
Para mÃ eres tesoro mÃ¡s cargado
de inmensidad que el mar y sus racimos
y eres blanca y azul y extensa como
la tierra en la vendimia.
En ese territorio,
de tus pies a tu frente,
andando, andando, andando,
me pasarÃ© la vida.
The infinite one: (english)
Do you see these hands? They have measured
the earth, they have separated
minerals and cereals,
they have made peace and war,
they have demolished the distances
of all the seas and rivers,
when they move over you,
grain of wheat, swallow,
they can not encompass you,
they are weary seeking
the twin doves
that rest or fly in your breast,
they travel the distances of your legs,
they coil in the light of your waist.
For me you are a treasure more laden
with immensity than the sea and its branches
and you are white and blue and spacious like
the earth at vintage time.
In that territory,
from your feet to your brow,
walking, walking, walking,
I shall spend my life.
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