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The Postman (Il Postino)

Living Poetry at OBS:
rose The Well of Metaphors

In The Postman (Il Postino), Mario learns from Neruda the importance of poetry in everyday life and goes on to win the love of Beatriz through his mastery of metaphors. Not only in the movie, but also in real life, metaphors are crucial for expressing everyday problems and joys.

"Give me an example."
Neruda looked at his watch and sighed.
"Well, when you say the sky is weeping, what do you mean?"
"That's easy---that it's raining."
"So, you see, that's a metaphor."

(---Mario and Pablo Neruda, in the book The Postman by Antonio Skármeta)

We offer you here a new way to bring poetry into your own life. Click on the bots below, which we've constructed from three of the movie's characters, and ask for a metaphor to express whatever problem or joy absorbs you at the moment.

Bea-Bot Beatriz rose Mario Mario-Bot
Rosa
Mom-Bot

rose Ask, and discover whether hypertext heaven or hell awaits you here at the Great Online Well.

rose Read, and learn of the metaphors the bots have revealed to others.


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