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The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

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The most comprehensive English-language collection of work ever by "the greatest poet of the twentieth century - in any language" - Gabriel García Márquez

"In his work a continent awakens to consciousness." So wrote the Swedish Academy in awarding the Nobel Prize to Pablo Neruda, the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin America's most revered wri
Paperback, Reprint Edition, 1040 pages
Published April 2005 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1974)
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Steve Sckenda
“I love things with a wild passion, extravagantly.”
--Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda declared love with an inebriated tongue of flaming gold. The poet came from the people, and for them he sang. The poet molded ingots of song from mud, ash, and leaf-- into which he then sprinkled crushed emerald and lapis lazuli for ornament and for color. The mortar he mixed with sweat, blood, and uric acid.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)-- the Chilean poet, exile, politician, and winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize-- loved wit
Posted while reading: It's Valentine's Day and I want to share a love poem.

Here I love you.
In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself.
The moon glows like phosphorus on the vagrant waters.
Days, all one kind, go chasing each other.

The snow unfurls in dancing figures.
A silver gull slips down from the west.
Sometimes a sail. High, high stars.

Oh the black cross of a ship.
Sometimes I get up early and my soul is wet.
Far away the sea sounds and resounds.
This is a port.
Here I love you.

Here I lov
Ian Klappenskoff
Pending a review

Ute Lemper

One of my favourite singers has just released an album of songs she created from 12 of Pablo Neruda poems. It's called "Forever":

The Flight from Weimar to Chile
[Ute Lemper, Live at the Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, Friday, September 13, 2013]

His legacy is
An ocean of
Made likely
By the flow
Of verse
From its source,
His mind,
To a remote
Across the world,
Us, the audience
He had in mind,
Focussed and

You, Ute,
"And because love battles
not only in its burning agricultures
but also in the mouth of men and women,
I will finish off by taking the path away
to those who between my chest and your fragrance
want to interpose their obscure plant.

About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.

I lived in the prairies
before I got to know you
and I did not wait love but I was
laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose.

What more can they tell you?
I am neither good nor bad but a man,
and they wil
LOVE excerpt from my favorite poem...

I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another's. She will be another's. Like my kisses before.
Her voice. Her bright body. Her inifinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.
Neruda knew how to love a woman. There's such a sensuous, tactile quality to his poetry that makes you think he just might have been one hell of a lover. And mixed in with this earthy prose is an appreciation for the subtle, fleeting moments that last only in quick impressions and memories of wanting and desire. In one moment he tells us of the heavy weight and feel as he cups the rounded breasts of his mistress and the next he sighs his longing for the ability to devour the parts of her that li ...more
Izzy G
Aug 04, 2007 Izzy G rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: THE WHOLE ENTIRE PLANET
Shelves: mustreads
This book is the quintessential poetry book. Neruda is untouchable and this compilation is the best. If my house was burning and I could only run out with one book it would be a close call between this and Lorca's compilation. You could be stranded on a desert island with this book for the rest of your life and you would have a smile on your face. Y ahora, pido silencio.
I have loved Pablo Neruda since I was fifteen years old and have fell in love with his beautiful expressions countless times. I believe his raw passion speaks to all of us on a universal level. It's so human and bare, it is his monument left to us. This is an amazing collection which begins with his early work to his retrospective years, it shows you this amazing evolution of his writing and how powerful it becomes.
Rosa Ramôa
O Grande Oceano

Se os teus dons e das tuas destruições,
Oceano, as minhas mãos
pudesse destinar uma medida, uma fruta, um fermento,
escolheria o teu repouso distante, as linhas do teu aço,
a tua extensão vigiada pelo ar e pela noite,
e a energia do teu idioma branco
que destroça e derruba as suas colunas
na sua própria pureza demolida.
Não é a última onda com o seu salgado peso
a que tritura costas e produz
a paz de areia que rodeia o mundo:
é o central volume da força,
a potência estendida das águas,
a imóve
Chris M.
I'm not big on poetry. I've read the classics - Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, etc. I've read the epic poems - Iliad, Odyssey, Gilgamesh. But modern era poetry usually leaves me cold--too much angst and unrequited love. However, I am always left floored by Neruda. Ode to Common Things got me into Neruda and remains one of my all time favorites. He is mostly famous for his love poems; and, while they are extraordinary, they are not IMHO his best. Neruda sees the epic and timeless connectio ...more
Aug 03, 2007 Leila rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: poetry
breathtaking, heart wrenching, soul awakening -- Neruda is love ...
"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
S.J. Pettersson
"The sad wind goes on slaughtering butterflies..." The word "butterfly" is such a beautiful word in almost all the languages I know. In Spanish "mariposa", French "papillon", Danish "sommerfugl" and Swedish "fjäril". Only in Germany could they call it Schmetterling and then on top of it give the name to a fighter plane...
Dale Harcombe
Four and a half stars. I’m not sure how I managed to get through life to this point with only having read a couple of Pablo Neruda’s poems, so it was with great delight at a recent Lifeline book fair I picked up this single volume of his works, around 600 poems. Since I don’t read Spanish, I am reading them translated. But some also have the Spanish originals alongside them, which is interesting.
As with any collection some poems appealed to me more than others. I’m not going to name them becaus
Snehal Bhagat
An anthology of Pablo Neruda's poems translated into English.

With over 600 poems, this is a large and fairly representative collection covering sonnets, odes, cantos and free verse drawn from across the poet's entire career. I have been reading it on and off for a fairly long time but I still have not finished reading all of it, having skimmed through some parts and skipped others altogether primarily for two reasons: the difficulty, sometimes, in establishing the context, and the problems asso
May 11, 2011 Lena marked it as to-read
A friend of mine composes songs on piano with Pablo Neruda's poems as lyrics and listening to his songs I became intrigued with Pablo Neruda. I'm yet to read more of his work but the little I have read (and heard) has been promising.
Michelle Marcano
Pablo Neruda is a Spanish poet. I came across one of his poems on pintrest and since then have been absolutely obsessed with it. I have read it in Spanish and in English and it translate beautifully in Spanish. I have attached the poem below. The use of repetition in this poem really adds to the emotions behind it. It has such great details that describ the main idea of the poem. I really think that this poem was written to describe that the best kind of love is that love that one can't explain ...more
Katie Joiner
Three words: Neruda. Is. Amazing.
He is the best poet-or was, I guess-that this world has seen to date. He's become my new favorite! My family makes fun of me beacause I have something akin to a crush on him, but, hey, a girl can dream!
His poetry is beautiful, captivating. I read a few every night before I go to bed, and it was perfect. I got sucked in.
Okay, so you know how when you write something, or you read something, and there's this line that makes you go, "whoa" ? Usually it's the first
Ria Alexandra
While a beautiful anthology, I was very disappointed to find that it is not a complete bilingual edition. There is a sampling of *some* of the original poems in Spanish, but if you are looking for a side-by-side reading this is not it. In all fairness, Ilan Stavans presents a formidable compilation of Neruda's poems, and several translations of one poem are included for comparison (demonstrating the art of translation), but if you are looking for Neruda's poems in the original Spanish look elsew ...more
I'm a fan since Spanish classes (major) in college. Spanish speaking authors/writers use imagery that we do not use in English, in poetry and in speaking. It's beautiful, illustrative, thoughtful, provocative, and so full; it's hard to explain unless you read and understand the language, but I love it!
Kristine Novero
Good poetry is a culmination of eloquence, sensibility and vision. Pablo Neruda exemplifies these, and more. His words ignite a sea of imagination, bringing forth a daydreaming frenzy while still enabling me to bask in reality. He wouldn't have a Nobel Prize in Literature back in 1971 for nothing.
Ava (A Loft of Books)☕
An absolute must have for any Neruda fan. Or fans of poetry. Or fans of words. Or fans of life, and love, and nature, and existing on this beautiful planet where a poet can seemingly effortlessly string together words with great mastery of prose and verse and with a result of absolute loveliness...
ok, you think you're awesome. I get it. So did I.

look at the man on the cover of this book, then look at yourself.
yeah, feels good.

Now: examine your love life, and examine his.
Weep in self pity OR read these words of unabashed love and start living.
Aug 10, 2008 Jennifer marked it as to-read
This book was a gift from Jared, who quoted this from it in his inscription:

"I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.
I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees."

✌ Kaye ♡
Nov 01, 2011 ✌ Kaye ♡ marked it as to-read
After Anna and the French Kiss mentioned it, I thought I had to see what beautiful poems they were referring to.
lilly bear ♡
I could read him for hours and never tire of it. I cannot get enough of his earthy, robust symbolism. The worn-out, battered copy perched on my bed-side table can attest to how often I read and swoon over this particular edition.
Ed Renouard
Neruda is my favorite. Earthy, emotional and surprisingly as wonderful and moving in English as he is in Spanish.
Lisa de Jong
Beautiful poetry and well translated (it seems!) I hope some day I can write like a romantic South American.
Ashley Hennefer
Beautiful, hits me in places where few poets have managed to reach.
After reading "The Dreamer" by Pam Munoz Ryan, I headed to the local library to see what they had of Neruda's writings. I wanted to read his "Book of Questions." This volume was what I came away with, and yes, it contains some of said questions.

How does one rate a book of poetry, especially one so crammed full? One needs to be able to rate each poem! I definitely have my favorites, as well as ones I didn't particularly care for. Overall I enjoyed his "Elemental Odes" the best, and parts of "Is
Robert Sheppard


Latin American writers have always been a hybrid and cosmopolitan lot----on the one hand part of the Western world and drawing their heritage, like all Western wri
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“The Truth is in the prolouge.
Death to the romantic fool.,
the expert in solitary confinement.”
“I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.”
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