Keeping quiet

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Keeping quiet

  1. 1. Keeping Quiet by:Pablo Neruda
  2. 2. In English: Now we will count to twelve What I want shouldnt be confused and we will all keep still. with final inactivity: This one time upon the earth, life alone is what matters, lets not speak any language, I want nothing to do with death. lets stop for one second, If we werent unanimous and not move our arms so much. about keeping our lives so much in motion, It would be a delicious moment, if we could do nothing for once, without hurry, without locomotives, perhaps a great silence would all of us would be together interrupt this sadness, in a sudden uneasiness. this never understanding ourselves The fishermen in the cold sea and threatening ourselves with death, would do no harm to the whales perhaps the earth is teaching us and the peasant gathering salt when everything seems to be dead would look at his torn hands. and then everything is alive. Those who prepare green wars, Now I will count to twelve wars of gas, wars of fire, and you keep quiet and Ill go. victories without survivors, would put on clean clothingand would walk alongside their brothers in the shade, without doing a thing.
  3. 3. In Spanish: Ahora contaremos doce No se confunda lo que quiero y nos quedamos todos quietos. con la inaccion definitiva: Por una vez sobre la tierra la vida es solo lo que se hace,no hablemos en ningun idioma, no quiero nada con la muerte.por un segundo detengamonos, Si no pudimos ser unanimes no movamos tanto los brazos. moviendo tanto nuestras vidas, Seria un minuto fragante, tal vez no hacer nada una vez, sin prisa, sin locomotoras, tal vez un gran silencio pueda todos estariamos juntos interrumpir esta tristeza, en una inquietud instantanea. este no entendernos jamas Los pescadores del mar frio y amenazarnos con la muerte, no harian danio a las ballenas tal vez la tierra nos ensenie y el trabajador de la sal cuando todo parece muerto miraria sus manos rotas. y luego todo estaba vivo.Los que preparan guerras verdes, Ahora contare hasta doceguerras de gas, guerras de fuego, y tu te callas y me voy. victorias sin sobrevivientes, se pondrian un traje puro y andarian con sus hermanos por la sombra, sin hacer nada.
  4. 4. Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. This one time upon the earth, lets not speak any language, lets stop for one second, and not move our arms so much.Why do you think the author wants us to keep quiet and still?
  5. 5. It would be a delicious moment,without hurry, without locomotives, all of us would be together in a sudden uneasiness . • Why do you think Neruda says that people would be “uneasy” without locomotives? Is it true?
  6. 6. The fishermen in the cold seawould do no harm to the whalesand the peasant gathering salt would look at his torn hands.What kind of scene does he set with this stanza?
  7. 7. What do you think Neruda means when he says “ victories without survivors” ? Those who prepare green wars, wars of gas, wars of fire,victories without survivors,would put on clean clothing and would walk alongside their brothersin the shade, without doing a thing.
  8. 8. What I want shouldnt be confused with final inactivity:life alone is what matters,I want nothing to do with death.What is the difference betweenwhat he is suggesting people do and inactivity?
  9. 9. If we werent unanimous about keeping our lives so much in motion, if we could do nothing for once, perhaps a great silence would interrupt this sadness, this never understanding ourselves and threatening ourselves with death, perhaps the earth is teaching us when everything seems to be dead and then everything is alive. Now I will count to twelve and you keep quiet and Ill go. Do you think people would understandthemselves better or be less violent if the world and life was quieter?
  10. 10. • Biography Pablo Neruda, born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was born in 1904 in Chile.• He travelled the world for many years, and returned to Chile in 1943.• In 1945, he joined the Communist Party of Chile and became senator of the Republic.• In 1971, Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.• He died in 1973.• He wrote over 140 poems.

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