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The Power of Poetry Pablo Neruda was exiled from Chile after criticizing a Chilean politician He consequently moved to Italy where everyone loved his poetry especially women Mario Ruoppolo was hired to be his personal postman and becomes interested in poetry He has Pablo teach him about poetry and its many techniques Not only does Mario learn about poetry from Pablo but he also learns about life and his country Neruda teaches Mario how to use poetry in everyday life He informs Mario that poetry can be used to show how he views his life and how beautiful the world around him is In the beginning Mario sees the ocean as an enemy It makes him sick and he cannot tolerate the smell of the fish But Neruda shows him that the ocean is the source of income for many people in Italy He writes a poem for Mario to read and help him understand why he should befriend the ocean Mario then begins to appreciate the ocean and even records his own poetry about the ocean and how it is important to all the people of his town Neruda also teaches Mario how to express himself thoroughly He tells Mario that he needs to reveal his thoughts and feelings When Mario first meets Neruda he is very quiet and bashful He does not show any emotions He is attracted to Beatrice Russo but he does not know what to say to her Neruda shows him the beauty of nature where there is inspiration He takes Mario to the ocean and teaches him about how it helps him create metaphors He writes a poem to show Mario how to compare the waves to different things in life like how the waves flow back and forth just like the words to a poem Towards the end of the movie Mario begins to understand and appreciate what Neruda is saying about the ocean He believes
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