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Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Vivian (---.sanbrunocable.com)
Date: May 26, 2005 04:28AM

Neruda Talks about poppies in his poetry.What do they represent?


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Desi (---.dial.proxad.net)
Date: May 26, 2005 07:22AM

try a search on all forums. Pam once told us that poppies represent world war I for a lot of people (especially in britain however). If you post the poem you are referring to, maybe we can try to determine if this interpretation applies here?


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 26, 2005 09:33AM

Yes, poppies from In Flanders Fields

hey, could be opium too


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.ne)
Date: May 26, 2005 11:42AM

Neruda Talks about poppies in his poetry.What do they represent?

What about some examples? Sometimes they just represent flowers, I mean. I see one flower below and one 'poppy-petalled metaphysics', but I don't immediately follow that reference.

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"You are going to ask: and where are the lilacs?
and the poppy-petalled metaphysics?
and the rain repeatedly spattering
its words and drilling them full
of apertures and birds?
I'll tell you all the news."


"My somber heart seeks you always
I love your happy body, your rich, soft voice.
Dusky butterfly, sweet and sure
Like the wheat field, the sun, the poppy, and the water."


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 26, 2005 05:26PM

Some findings:

In Spanish the word is AMAPOLA. (Accent on 3rd syllable.) A very different sound than the sharp word POPPY.

Neruda loved the WORD ITSELF. He wrote a "Book of Questions" and one of the questions is: ¿Hay una estrella más ABIERTA que la palabra "amapola"? Translation: Is there any [star] more OPEN than the word "amapola"? I put "star" in brackets because I need to check (at home) whether the word estrella has alternate meanings.

Searching on line, I looked at several places where Neruda uses the word AMAPOLA. He often uses it to describe a woman, or his love for a woman. He seems to use it to mean something LOVELY AND VULNERABLE. He often contrasts it with another noun such as CLAY.

I'll post again tomorrow if I come up with more.


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Coin (---.range81-153.btcentralplus.com)
Date: May 26, 2005 06:21PM


I would check this.


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Coin (---.range81-153.btcentralplus.com)
Date: May 26, 2005 06:42PM


Yes, what do poppies represent? What do bluebells represent?


Re: Neruda Poppies,What do they represent?
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: May 27, 2005 10:43AM

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