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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. They contribute to knowledge production in three important ways. Thus, concept-metaphors permit a nerudaa of complex and dynamic relationships between terms and discourses, for example between poetry and politics.

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atnonio Hazard Adams uses both terms in his study The Offense of Poetry to capture the ethical and innovative potential of poetry. Writers attempt to achieve it by way of innovative thought, which they develop from their position on the margins of society. Authors wish to achieve the total scandal by way of language, and do so from their position inside the institution dd literature2.

However, neither of the two can complete the total scandal: For Adams, the poem can offend and scandalize because it stands on its own and is, to an extent, autonomous from its surroundings. As we will see, El cartero presents a scenario in which the total scandal of poetry was possible in ways that Barthes did not foresee or admit: The novel consists of a story and a frame narrative. The frame narrative is told through a preface and an epilogue.

The narrator of the story introduces himself in the preface and explains his reasons for writing down the story.

The story is set in the village of Isla Negra. Throughout the story the narrator introduces several concept-metaphors to explore the relationship between poetry and politics, and that between the poet and his readers. These concept-metaphors are deployed repeatedly in different contexts, and each of them explores different facets of the relationship between poetry and politics.

Like a Boat Tremblig in Your Words: Curzio Malaparte […] stated it well in his article: You have to take sides here, with the Cadillacs or with the people who have no schooling or shoes. These people without schooling or shoes elected me senator [ The two collections that Mario buys for this purpose are Odas elementales and Nuevas odas elementales, collections that poeticize daily life but are unrelated to love poetry. Yo iba como un barco temblando en sus palabras. On a cognitive level, the sea is a metaphor for poetry, and the boat is a metaphor for the reader.

Poetry and reader give each skaremta meaning: However, within the analytical part of this article I use some of my own translations of the metaphors, as my own stay closer to the Spanish for caretro What was weird was the way I felt when you recited it. When you recited that poem, the words went from over there to over here.

I was like a boat tossing upon your words. This is even more significant because, thanks to the omniscient narrator, the readers know that Mario experiences the sea as threatening, and that he gets seasick.

That he can brave the element he most fears when he is guided by Neruda and cradled in his ce, conveys the extent of his trust.

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However, the metaphor posits the reader as passive: And there are no further demands on the poet than those —or so it seems at first. She explains to her daughter: She then elaborates in conversation with Beatriz: Hace sentir a una mesonera de pueblo como una princesa veneciana. Felman argues that the play stages the clash of two opposing views of language, one that is cognitive, or constative, and another that is performative.

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It makes a village innkeeper feel like a Venetian princess. Saying, for him, is in no case tantamount to knowing, but rather to doing: Like seduction, diversion has risky connotations too and the pleasure yielded includes an element of danger: Once you are diverted from the straight and narrow, there is no guarantee of return, and if you lose yourself in a book you might not find that same self again Wilson, She immediately identifies the shy and tongue-tied Mario as a potential Don Juan, who will sweet-talk her daughter into falling in love with him and who, once he has diverted her from the path of virtue and has indulged in the physical pleasures that are the reward for skilful talk, will abandon her to the fate of an unmarried woman and single mother in rural s Chile.

A cheque, covered or uncovered, works according to previously agreed terms. The rules that govern this transaction leave no doubt as to who has to give what to whom, and the counter-value of the cheque is usually determined before the transaction takes place. The metaphor of poetic words as an uncovered cheque returns in a conversation between Mario and Neruda.

Poets and Postmen… gusta el hombre sin mujer, ni la mujer sin hombre. Yo quiero que las vidas se integren encendiendo los besos hasta ahora apagados. Yo soy el buen poeta casamentero.

However, his intervention results in a spectacular failure. Neruda cannot clarify that he, not Mario, is the author of the poem because this might lead Rosa to the conclusion that he has slept with Beatriz.

Now the poet no longer guides his reader through poetry; instead, he embarks on a journey with his friend. Their shared travels are made possible by friendship and mutual trust —and like love, those are non- negotiable. Such a praxis of poetic language does not permit the reification of poetic words, nor of the relationships and feelings that they express and nurture. Thus, it is impossible to conceive of words as a cheque.

The two concept-metaphors of the boat and the sea, and of words as an uncovered cheque, do not express contradictory or opposite conceptions of poetic language, but rather alternative and incompatible ones I do not like a day without work, a night without sleep.

I do not like man without woman or woman without man. I want lives to meet and ignite the now dormant kisses. I am the good matchmaking poet. Most articles quoted in the bibliography deal in detail with this aspect of the novel for the most detailed analyses see Chasar, ; Gordils, ; and Henighan, My interest lies in the exploratory and conceptual potential of metaphors, and I will therefore leave aside an analysis of the proverbs.

Treating words as a cheque aims at the containment and curtailment of poetry, an aim she shares with the literary institution as Barthes sees it.

In El cartero, the institution of literature is metaphorized through the poetry album. Two characters propagate its use: Thus, the diary curtails the public effect of poetry.

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The second poetry album is politically contextualized within the election campaign, and it is metonymically connected to the usage of political language as a tool for deception. He appears in the village at the beginning of the election campaign.

For there would have surely been better uses for electricity than a traffic light, nerudw point which is highlighted by the fact that even if the traffic light worked, it would be useless in the Nerudaa and Beatriz in the act, she is the one who determines the meaning of the poem. Poets and Postmen… context of Isla Negra. Transport and mobility in cxrtero village do not require a traffic light, and the traffic participants listed by the narrator cannot process the meaning of one.


Perhaps the greatest of all poets. However, none of the villagers asks this question. Dicen que le haces la competencia a Pablo Neruda.

At that price you’ll have to guarantee I’ll find a pearl in each fl. He then stood up, walked a few steps away from Mario, and with a smile that had become almost beatific, said in a voice just loud enough for everyone to hear: They say you’re trying to compete with Pablo Neruda.

He first humiliates Mario and immediately afterwards tries to corrupt and co-opt him. Mario never writes in it because he does not want to spoil the beautiful pages. Both rely on control and containment, and both need to keep poetry away from public life: In their respective cases, their attitude to poetry translates directly into political allegiances.

The concept-metaphor of the poetry-album explores the nature of their alliance, taking the institution of literature as an example. Moreover, it exposes the institution of literature as complicit with a morally confining society, as well as with an oppressive and deceptive political system Early on in the novel, Neruda gives Mario a copy and Mario studies it diligently. He finally receives the desired prize skar,eta years later, when he is ambassador in Paris.

Beyond the metaphorical implications, the choice of names in the novel points towards its theoretical dimension: He anttonio in some detail how the villagers enruda together in the village bar to watch the performance on television. They sit in a half-circle around the TV, where they can watch Neruda on a stage in Stockholm delivering his speech.

He only quotes its closing passage: Pero tuve siempre la confianza en el hombre. In his Nobel Laureate speech Neruda no longer looks to the past for his splendid city, but to the future; and he is no longer soarmeta by the memory of the achievements of the dead, but by his trust in those who are alive.

Furthermore, he acknowledges that he only came to this point of hope and optimism because of his trust in human beings. The trusting relationship that they developed through the encounter with the skarmefa and unsettling emotion of love is carried over into the area of skarmsta.

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One might be tempted to read such an acknowledgement as the total scandal of poetry, one in which poetic language transcends the boundaries of the institution of literature.

For Barthes, the impossibility of the total scandal is linked to the notion of praxis. He argues that for the author, language constitutes a praxis and is therefore fundamentally tautological because it is self-affirming, like Don Juan in the previously quoted analysis by Shoshana Felman.

In contradistinction to this, Neruda and Mario turn poetic language into a praxis; but not into a tautological one. Their praxis of poetic language is an equal and indispensable partner in the political project metaphorized through the splendid slarmeta. This, it does not support the political project in any instrumental sense, it is part of it and therefore, poetic words become world- making.

This is when the total scandal of poetry takes place. The poet needs nerura postman to actively participate in the praxis constituted by poetic language; but the kind of participation is up to the postman.