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‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.

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Love is a war of lightning, and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness. Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity, What other words can express love better than this!
And the first line, “Carnal Apple, woman filled, Burning Moon”.... Burning moon! Moon is always attached to sexuality and woman’s form... By using the adjective “burning”, does he not allude to the female sexuality too?
A very Nerudian poem. Ascribing sensuality to the body of a woman.. the phrase ‘carnal apple’ stands for the female body and sensual pleasure man attaches to it. At the same time apple refers to the ‘original sin’. Not word goes waste in the poem. Though highly sensual, the poem never entertains obscenity. Wonderful write.
Awsome one :)
This poem by Pablo Neruda is filled with much sensual imagery that beautifully paints the image of a woman without sounding obscene, as expected from him. With the very first phrase “carnal apple”, Neruda sets the mood for the rest of the poem. The “apple”―alluding to the forbidden fruit of good and evil in the Garden of Eden―that is “carnal” suggests the speaker is describing his audience (the woman) as a tempting, bodily pleasure, and this idea is continued throughout the rest of the poem. [wordsmorgasbord]
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