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The Dictators Analysis



Author: Poetry of Pablo Neruda Type: Poetry Views: 236

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An odor has remained among the sugarcane:

a mixture of blood and body, a penetrating

petal that brings nausea.

Between the coconut palms the graves are full

of ruined bones, of speechless death-rattles.

The delicate dictator is talking

with top hats, gold braid, and collars.

The tiny palace gleams like a watch

and the rapid laughs with gloves on

cross the corridors at times

and join the dead voices

and the blue mouths freshly buried.

The weeping cannot be seen, like a plant

whose seeds fall endlessly on the earth,

whose large blind leaves grow even without light.

Hatred has grown scale on scale,

blow on blow, in the ghastly water of the swamp,

with a snout full of ooze and silence






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"or the the people have been wiped out and there is no voice left for those who are suffering."
This is what Jenny has posted. It is not possible that there was no voice left for those who are suffering. The very fact that Schindler, the entrepreneur, who bought the soldiers and saw that the last train with the Jews bound for concentration camp was diverted to a safe place outside the border.
--Prof. Ayaz x

| Posted on 2015-07-16 | by a guest


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The title blatantly implies complete and absolute power. Any resistance is immediately silenced. Neruda, who served in the government led by Allende, brings to light the subsequent destruction and loss of humanity and livelihood that occurred right after Pinochet took over as dictator of Chile. The theme of the poem is that of resistance or battle against fascism, Imperialism and championing the cause of the common man. Neruda juxtaposes life and death under a dictatorship, where the lives of many are at stake without any assured certainty of surviving. The use of natural elements in the poem describes the way in which dictators operate. The first five lines is suggestive of all destruction and death that has taken place since dictatorship took over. Bodies are strewn all over, with blood spittles on sugarcanes and petals. The 6-12 lines indicate a constant battle between life and death, where the dictators triumph and live in harmony, while their corridors echo the silenced voices (oxymoron implying the gravity of the situation.) of the dead. The "weeping cannot be...without light" indicates the futility of life living under a dictatorship, where voices will remain unheard and life will continue to be at risk. The Hatred has grown intensely. The animosity between the people and the dictators continue, which results in the death of many. The "ghastly water of the swamp/with a snout full of ooze and silence" is a metaphor for the dictator as a man-eating creature, whose moves are unpredictable yet life threatening and must not be challenged.
Neruda conveys the idea of repression, oppression, and the effects of dictatorship in his poem, drawing images from his own experience under Pinochet's rule.

| Posted on 2014-06-04 | by a guest


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The title blatantly implies complete and absolute power. Any resistance is immediately silenced. Neruda, who served in the government led by Allende, brings to light the subsequent destruction and loss of humanity and livelihood that occurred right after Pinochet took over as dictator of Chile. The theme of the poem is that of resistance or battle against fascism, Imperialism and championing the cause of the common man. Neruda juxtaposes life and death under a dictatorship, where the lives of many are at stake without any assured certainty of surviving. The use of natural elements in the poem describes the way in which dictators operate. The first five lines is suggestive of all destruction and death that has taken place since dictatorship took over. Bodies are strewn all over, with blood spittles on sugarcanes and petals. The 6-12 lines indicate a constant battle between life and death, where the dictators triumph and live in harmony, while their corridors echo the silenced voices (oxymoron implying the gravity of the situation.) of the dead. The "weeping cannot be...without light" indicates the futility of life living under a dictatorship, where voices will remain unheard and life will continue to be at risk. The Hatred has grown intensely. The animosity between the people and the dictators continue, which results in the death of many. The "ghastly water of the swamp/with a snout full of ooze and silence" is a metaphor for the dictator as a man-eating creature, whose moves are unpredictable yet life threatening and must not be challenged.
Neruda conveys the idea of repression, oppression, and the effects of dictatorship in his poem, drawing images from his own experience under Pinochet's rule.

| Posted on 2013-11-07 | by a guest


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I feel this poem is consistantly about war in the 1940's when world war 2 was happening. The dictator could be referring to Hitler and the line where it says with top hats, gold braid, and collars is referring to the 'superior' race with blonde hair and blue eyes and the tiny place is referring to Germany.
Dead voices, weeping voices cannot be seen.. is referring to the dead people that died in the concetraion camp with blue mouths from suffocation.
The hatred for the jews grew stronger and stronger.
And the last line when it mentions silence is either referring to the war being over when Hitler flees and kills himself or the the people have been wiped out and there is no voice left for those who are suffering.
Jenny =]

| Posted on 2008-07-29 | by a guest




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