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How can I explain the first five lines in the poem "Leaning Into The Afternoons" by Pablo Neruda?

Leaning into the afternoons,
I cast my sad nets towards your oceanic eyes.
There, in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames;
Its arms turning like a drowning man's.

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    The question is "how do YOU explain them!" This is a love poem and because he is alone in the afternoon, it could possibly be during the siesta time. Note the ardour in the vocabulary; the poet is intensely in love. Can't you "feel" the emotion?


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