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The film “Il Postino” summarized all that Pablo Neruda was about. He wrote his poetry with rich figurative language. Neruda is known for his metaphors, because they sound real passionate, and that’s the way he felt about life. He treasured life, and he treasured what he had. The film displays Neruda as a loving and passionate man, who cared not only about his lover, but also about his friends, family, and the nature that surrounded him. With extremely descriptive words, Neruda could make anything seem beautiful and sensual. In his poetry, Pablo Neruda also displayed his political and moral views indirectly. His communist stance was interpreted whenever he talked about a lower class person, describing him or her as an arduous worker who was nothing less than the wealthiest person.

When dealing with long-distance relationships, communication between the two parties can be the difference between abandonment and remembrance. When Pablo left for Chile, he sent a letter to Mario via his secretary. The failure to communicate directly from Pablo caused Mario to believe that his relationship with Pablo was strictly professional, and nothing personal. Also, Beatrice’s aunt told Mario, “The bird that has eaten flies away.” This quote represents what everyone thought Pablo had done. They thought that he had taken as much advantage of the island’s natives as possible, and then had forgotten them.

Higher classed people will often overlook people in lower classes. Pablo was amazed at how the people living in the island never revolted or protested against the government for the lack of water. Pablo wanted to spread his communist ideas to Mario, and get him and the other people in the island to overlook class, and focus more on the basic needs of a person and their rights. When the politician’s finally decided to take action on the island’s water problem, they left and never finished the original project. Beatrice and her aunt however did complete their part of the deal, which was to feed the workers while they worked on the water issue. This demonstrates how the higher classes usually take advantage of the lower classes.

Anyone with a pen and an open mind can write poetry. It doesn’t take much to be a poet, and that’s what Mario understood when he said, “The whole world is the metaphor to something else.” To write poetry, one must have an open mind, and see the natural comparisons in the real world. By doing so Mario wrote excellent poems, even though he wasn’t a renowned poet; he was just a fisherman. Mario told Pablo, “Poetry doesn’t belong to those who write it, but to those who need it.” What he meant to say was that anyone could use poetry to fix the problems in their life, but that poetry doesn’t have to be thought by the individual who is in need. Again he states that not only can anyone write poetry, but everyone could also use it in his or her daily lives.

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