_Linn asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 1 decade ago

Movie Il Postino, what does it say about poetry?

I'm analyzing the movie Il Postino and I'm struggling with the message or theme that the film conveys about poetry.

Please help me with any ideas!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My friend:

    Based on true events, Il Postino portrays the story of a shy postman who develops a transformative friendship with the exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. On a tiny island off the Italian coast in 1953, the postman has been given the job of delivering mail to the town's new resident. He is astonished by the remarkable amount of mail from women that Neruda receives, and forges a relationship with the poet to learn the secret of his unlikely power over women. Through their friendship, Neruda not only helps the shy postman capture the town's most beautiful woman, he also inspires the postman to see himself and his quiet fishing village a in lyrical way.

    The film is based on the book Burning Patience by Antonio Skarmeta, which takes place in the early 1970s on Isla Negra, the tiny Chilean village where Neruda lived. The story follows the growth of a young postman whose only job is to deliver mail to Neruda, paralleling the changes in his inner life with the political upheavals in Chile.

    I'm sending one poem of Pablo Neruda, that was mentioned in the filme

    XXXIV (You are the daughter of the sea) by Pablo Neruda

    You are the daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin.

    Swimmer, your body is pure as the water;

    cook, your blood is quick as the soil.

    Everything you do is full of flowers, rich with the earth.

    Your eyes go out toward the water, and the waves rise;

    your hands go out to the earth and the seeds swell;

    you know the deep essence of water and the earth,

    conjoined in you like a formula for clay.

    Naiad: cut your body into turquoise pieces,

    they will bloom resurrected in the kitchen.

    This is how you become everything that lives.

    And so at last, you sleep, in the circle of my arms

    that push back the shadows so that you can rest--

    vegetables, seaweed, herbs: the foam of your dreams.

    Best luck!


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