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Residence on Earth by Pablo Neruda
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Sep 21, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 21 to 22, 2011

This is my first Neruda work that I've read and my first experience with a Latin-speaking poet before. That being said I am sure that there is a lot lost in translation so I know that what I get from these poems isn't all there is to be had, potentially.

Even considering this linquistic handicap I still loved this work. Neruda shows a broad range of emotions and points of view (which is to be expected considering it covers such a large period of time in his life) and I find myself enjoying most of his tones of expression. His political poems, particularly the very long poem about Spain that is divided into different parts, were phenomenal. There's such passion and emotion in those lines along with historical relevance.

Overall I recommend it. The 4 star rating considers the fact that I thought the poems from parts II and III to far outweigh the poems in part I (although they are still good). Of course I'll freely admit I have a bias here considering my high level of interest in Latin American politics/history.

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