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Pacheco’s Poems

Filed under: Uncategorized — March 11, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

         In many of Pacheco’s poems he seems to take a negative outlook on human interaction with the nonhuman world.  Sometimes he glamorizes the non human world but he also shows the danger of the nonhuman world and the dangers of humans interacting with it.  This is similar to Facundo and Sarmiento in that they too were aware of the dangers in relating to the non human world but they also loved it. The three poems I’ve chosen that I believe best describe this view of the nonhuman world are “Scorpions”, “To a Girl who Died in the Sea”, and “Fish.”             Pacheco’s poem “Scorpion” subtly relates the nonhuman world to the human world by personifying the scorpions. In the poem the scorpions are in love, a very human characteristic. The scorpions gaze at one another making the feeling of love more intense. As Milton would say, through this personification of the scorpions we want to save them and treat them as equals.  However, at the end of the poem Pacheco shows how dangerous the non human world is when the female eats the male. This we cannot relate to, thus taking us out of the security of animals in love and showing us the true dangers of the non human world.            “To a Girl who Died in the Sea” shows the side of Pacheco that glorifies the nonhuman world. He says that time ruins all things except it seems the nonhuman world. He also incorporates the dangerous beauty of nature when he talks of the girl dying in the sea yet he glorifies it in that she turns into the “waves that brighten the world.”            The last poem has a lot of meaning behind it. “Fish” is all about conservation and the balance needed between humans utilizing the nonhuman world and preserving it. It is from the fish’s point of view, once again personifying the fish and making them relatable to humans. The fish says that all the humans have ever done is make a profit off of the fish and all they get for return is us polluting their water. We need to be conscious of the nonhuman world and utilize it equally.            Pacheco writes a lot of powerful short poems and I think it’s great that he can put so much meaning in so few words. From the three poems “Scorpions”, “To a Girl who Died in the Sea”, and “Fish” we get a sense that Pacheco was for the preservation of the nonhuman world.  He knew of the beauty and dangers of the nonhuman world.

1 Comment

  1. kchristianfsem:

    I think Pacheco wasn’t necessarily that concerned with the dangers of nature–I think he is more concerned with the way we mistreat nature and judge nature as a material possession and sometimes even make out aspects of it to be evil. Like when Pacheco is describing the bats, he writes about how they exhibit some of the human qualities that are bad, and how we demonize the bats anyhow. This is a criticism because it is so hyprocritical of humans. Pacheco does write about the nature, but not for the purpose of warning people about it.

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