The Captain's Verses
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I'll give some samples from various poems. Nothing else can really express what his poems can do.
From "The Dream...more
Having read a collection of Neruda's odes in Norwegian, which I absolutely loved, I was so happy that I found a Kindle-version of this book tonight, when I had such a craving for some really good poetry.
And then I was disappointed. And I'm disappointed that I was disapppointed! I chose Neruda because I was absolutely certain I would love it from beginning to end - and all the positive reviews made me all the more stoked.
As it was, all the respons this collection inspired in me, was a...more
nel tuo buco di silenzio,
nel tuo abisso di collera orgogliosa,
e puoi appena
tornare, ancora con i segni
di ciò che trovasti
nella profondità della tua esistenza.
Amor mio, che trovi
nel tuo pozzo chiuso?
Alghe, pozzanghere, rocce?
Cosa vedi con occhi ciechi,
scontrosa e ferita?
Vita mia nel pozzo
in cui cadi non troverai
ciò che conservo per te sull'altura:
un mazzo di gelsomini con rugiada,
un bacio più profondo del tuo abisso.
Non temermi, non cadere
di nuovo nel tuo rancore.
"I want you to know
You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists:
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.
if little by little you stop lovei...more
The book is divided into four parts (Love, Desire, The Furies, and Lives) and all in all there are 42 poems.
Most of the poems are about, well, physical and emotional love and longing, while the others are political. I liked a few of the poems, because I could somehow relate to them, but the rest I either co...more
Oh no, I hear you saying. Not my Pablo Honey Bunny. Allow me to retort:
If your foot slips again,
it will be cut off.
If your hand leads you
to another road
it will rot away.
If you take y...more
Recently I have decided to revisit some books t...more
I'm not a huge fan of poetry however I do love reading famous quotes that have an impact on me. I finished this book in a matter of days because after each poem I just wanted to read the next one. Because i mean each verse is like two pages max. and i kept on reading poem after poem.
Another reason this book was very "interesting...more
Nonetheless, he is a shining example of how one could be sincere without having to employ elaborate and grandiose verbal gymnastics, and how to reach out, connect with readers and sweep them off their feet weeping.
If You Forget Me
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes thr...more
The first dozen or so poems in this collection, the Love poems, are beautiful and moving. The Desire and Furies poems are also quite strong. Neruda blends the descriptions of the woman he loves with images of his homeland and evokes the madness and all-consumi...more
All night I have slept with you
next to the sea, on the island
Wild and sweet you were between pleasure and sleep,
between fire and water.
Also his "make up" poems, like "The Well":
Do not fear me, do not fall
into your rancor again.
Shake off my word that came to wound you
and let it fly through the open window.
It will return to wound me
without your guiding it
"Perhaps a day will come
when a man
and a woman, like
will touch this love and it will sti...more
It's getting 4/5 because I thought Lives wasn't as engaging as the other parts--and by The Furies the recurring theme of using the sea and body parts in imagery was getting tiresome.
While writing up this review, I saw that these poems were actually penned by Neduda while he was exiled on an island--and that these were for his lover, Matilde Urrutia. Considering...more
I have the bilingual edition and I think having both the Spanish and English...more
When I first read Neruda's poetry, I was deeply moved. I never really like poetry until I read The Captain's Verses.
Neruda knows how to weave words together. They're sensual and almost vulgar yet respectful. There's an honesty to his passion that draws you completely in. My favorite poem is "La Reina" or "The Queen." It's so simple but is probably the most romantic thing someone could hear.
This is definitely an essential.
The edition I have presents the Spanish version on one page, and the English translation on the facing page. Even with my meager Spanish skills, I was able t...more
"She was made of black mother-of-pearl,/made of dark-purple grapes,/and she lashed my blood/with her tail of fire." from The Fickle One