Revisiting the Theme of Sexual Objectification of Women in Pablo Neruda's Poems

IJCRT | Volume 11, Issue 7 July 2023

8 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2023

Date Written: August 5, 2023


One of the best poets of the 20th century is Pablo Neruda, who was born in Chile in 1904 and is well known for his works. He captures the essence of love, desire, and the human experience in his poems by delving into the depths of human emotions. The vivid imagery, poetic language, and raw emotion of Neruda's writing are well known and have found an audience among readers all around the world. There is, however, a critical discussion surrounding the issue of sexual objectification of women in Neruda's poetry in addition to the admiration for his lyrical skill. Some of Neruda's poetry, according to critics, reduce women to mere objects of desire, diminishing their identities to only serve male gratification. They claim that these portrayals reinforce gender stereotypes and aid in the objectification of women and their marginalisation in society. Analysing specific instances that show sexual objectification is crucial for conducting a thorough examination of Neruda's poetry. This research aims to identify the underlying meanings and implications of the portrayal of women by carefully evaluating the linguistic and imagery choices made in these poems. This analysis will clarify if these occurrences are rare or common throughout Neruda's whole body of work. In my research paper, I aim to present a thorough analysis of Pablo Neruda's poems' treatment of the sexual objectification of women. This study tries to provide a thorough view of the relationship between Neruda's work and the portrayal of women by looking at specific examples, exploring the historical and cultural background, and taking into account the poet's personal experiences. With the help of this study, I can analyse the implications of sexual objectification in his writing and add to the discussion on how gender is portrayed in literature.

Keywords: Sexual Objectification, Women, Pablo Neruda, Poems, Critique, Analysis, Historical Context, Cultural Context, Gender Representation, Literature.

Suggested Citation

Sengupta Dawn, Liza, Revisiting the Theme of Sexual Objectification of Women in Pablo Neruda's Poems (August 5, 2023). IJCRT | Volume 11, Issue 7 July 2023, Available at SSRN:

Liza Sengupta Dawn (Contact Author)

Michael Madhusudan Memorial College ( email )

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