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While I wish I had read this with some background into the history and politics of Latin/Caribbean America, I still really enjoyed reading this book. Pablo Neruda is known primarily for his love poetry but reading Song of Protest, I was able to see a more social justice and political side of him. Although some of these were hard to follow without knowing the history, his passion and fierce beliefs are apparent. The notes provide a little bit more background but not much past a name and very brie ...more
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a "practical" occupation. Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be fro ...moreMore about Pablo Neruda...