What is the poem "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda about?


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The poem "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda is primarily about a man's view of life and death. The narrator begins with wanting to escape life before finding a reason to want to live. "Walking Around" is composed of 10 different stanzas, each focusing on different themes surrounding life and death.

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However, "Walking Around" also touches on how the narrator feels about the commercialization of the world and how the world has become focused on material goods. It also looks at the state of society, and how it appears to be falling apart. The narrator's dislike of the government and how he feels that he is suppressed by it is also discussed.

In the beginning of "Walking Around," the narrator has a feeling of wanting to be dead, partially because of how the world has become focused on material things. He, in a way, wants to escape the world that he is now living in even if this means death. It is not until the fourth stanza that he finds himself wanting to live. The narrator finds himself believing that he can overcome the obstacles that he faces even though he may have to go through difficult times to get there. He also finds himself realizing that a dream cannot be realized until a person actually has a dream to work towards.

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