Poet Obligation by Pablo Neruda

Poet Obligation by Pablo Neruda

1. Answer each of the following questions directly and briefly:

  1. To whom is this persona speaking? Who is the addressee of the persona? (10 points)
  2. What happens literally when the persona “arrive[s] and open[s] the door of his prison”? (10 points)
  3. How to you understand this figuratively? (10 points)
  4. What figure of speech is the word “prison” in line 6? (10 points)
  5. What possible meanings can you offer for “the sentence of the autumn”? (10 points)
  6. Notice the words: “…eyes may lift themselves, / asking …” What figures of speech are employed here? (10 points)


2. Answer the following question in two to four paragraphs:

Short Essay        

Throughout Neruda’s poem “The Poet’s Obligation” are images of speaking/not speaking, listening/not hearing, and seeing/not seeing.  How does this imagery interact with the title to deepen your interpretation of the poem? Poet Obligation by Pablo Neruda (40 points)


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