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«Los Veinte poemas son un libro doloroso y pastoril que contiene mis más atormentadas pasiones adolescentes, mezcladas con la naturaleza arrolladora del sur de mi patria. Es un libro de amor porque a pesar de su aguda melancolía está presente en él el goce de la existencia». Con estas palabras define Pablo Neruda este libro que el lector tiene en sus manos, aparecido en ab

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Published December 15th 2017 by Seix Barral Chile (first published 1924)
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Danny
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tonight I Can Write
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
Write, for example, "The night is starry
and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance."
The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.
She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.
Tonight I can write th
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Richard
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
3 THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK

1. I went to Pablo Neruda's house once. Well, I went to one of his houses. He had three of them. I was teaching English in Santiago, Chile at the time. I went to Neruda's house in Valparaiso, which is a beach town. Weirdly enough, I visited on my twentieth birthday, on a lark, because I just happened to be vacationing in a nearby cabin with my host family.
The thing that I remember about Pablo Neruda's house is that it's set back in a grove of dark pine trees and that ther
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Steven Godin
Sensual poetic beauty, with a lingering sadness, this collection of poems written when Chilean Neruda was only 19 is a remarkable feat, but was not received well for the intense and sexual content, this time being 1924 I can understand why, however, there is no explicit text it's more to do with imagery using the surrounding environment, charting oceanic movements of passion along with the changing weather, to tell of youthful love. " I have gone marking the atlas of your body / with crosses of ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada = Twenty love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, is a collection of romantic poems, by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, first published in 1924 by Editorial Nascimento of Santiago, when Neruda was 19. It was Neruda's second published work, after Twilight (1923) and made his name as a poet.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair was controversial for its eroticism, especially considering its author's ve
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Samra Yusuf
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav
How beautifully fragile we are, that so many things take but a moment to alter who we are, for forever. We are all, just an unforeseen encounter, an unexpected phone call, a diagnosis, a newly found love, or a broken heart away from becoming a completely different person. Our hearts betray us to the places we never thought be visiting, our reasons fail us to the most uninvited chasms we surrender ourselves into, knowingly. Our souls ripped open and raw, our hearts on display, Love leaves vulnera ...more
Bill Kerwin
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-lit, poetry

Stephen Dobyns, in his forward to this edition, tells of what occurred at a poetry event in Venezuela, sometime in the ‘60’s. After Chilean poet Pablo Neruda concluded his prepared reading, he opened himself up to requests. The first request, from a member of this audience of six hundred, was for poem #20 from this book (“Tonight I could write the saddest lines”). When Neruda apologized, saying he had neglected to bring that particular poem, “four hundred people stood up and recited the poem to
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vie
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it's you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of l
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Gaurav
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
-Pablo Neruda



Neruda was accomplished in a variety of styles ranging from erotically charged love poems like his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, surrealist poems, historical epics, and overtly political manifestos. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is an amazing collection of poetry. His words caress the senses; imagery so delicious and fulfilling you can not only see
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Seemita
Tempting as it may appear to wrap the poetic pearls from this collection of Neruda’s heartbeats into a warm shawl of erotic wool, do resist it and pause.

These loquacious verses that assemble at the nape of a lover or ripple playfully across the soft mountains of a beloved’s waist, magnify when viewed through the dual lenses of night and water .
I have said that you sang in the wind
like pines and like masts.
Like them you are tall and taciturn,
and you are sad, all at once, like a voyage.
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Florencia
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Oír la noche inmensa, más inmensa sin ella.
Y el verso cae al alma como al pasto el rocío.

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To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

This is musicality being butchered.
Always more interested in the song of despair, but I feel like giving this another try due to someone's review, and after many years.

April 24, 19

*

Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Again, three stars. A bit tragic, despite being a
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Jibran
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, hispanic, verse
[Note on edit: This is not a review. These are peals of pleasure of a man drunk on Neruda wine, blurting out extempore, when he finished reading this poetry collection]

Pablo Neruda – the name evokes romance and revolution in my consciousness, a riot of metaphors impregnated with sui generis imagery, a dark and intense celebration of love and beauty, a flood of high emotions that assails my senses and then dulls them, such that in that state of mind I'm receptive to nothing in the world except Ne
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Tamoghna Biswas
The light wraps you in its mortal flame.
Abstracted pale mourner, standing that way
against the old propellers of twilight
that revolves around you.


Neruda is one of the poets who taught me to love poetry the way it is; without over-analysing or trying to critically delve deeper below the words, as we were taught in school. The first collection that I read of him, he wrote this at an age of 17, and that’s 2 years younger than me, now. When I read this collection for the first time, and, eve
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Traveller
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I adore Neruda's poetry. The only reason that I am giving 4 stars and not 5, is because the "woman as a doll" imagery that he seems fond of using put me off every time I came across it... ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
One of the most beautiful collection of love poems ever (and followed by one which will bring tears to your eyes), Neruda is clearly a master of language and feeling and I always derive comfort from every time I read this book.
She loved me, sometimes I loved her.
How could I not have loved her large, still eyes?
I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
To think I don’t have her. To feel that I’ve lost her. To hear the immense night, more immense without her. And the poem falls to the soul as d
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Hirdesh
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"Speechless, my friend,
alone in the loneliness of this hour of the dead
and filled with the lives of fire,
pure heir of the ruined day. "

It was glorious one ! ! !
As I had seen recently in some friend's review and Crossing my other books, I've chosen to read it first which had been waiting for me so long in my shelf.
Well, It's classic poetry with all the poetic devices were glittering in so wonderful form of words along in thread of rhythmic poetry. However, I'm keen reader of profound and dee
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Apoorva
Beautiful and sensual with a touch of lingering sadness.
One of my favs:

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example,'The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.'

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her g
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Dave Schaafsma
One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII
Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was one of the great poets of the twentieth century, one of the great poets of all time—one of the great love poets, surrealist poets, political poets, poets of odes to common things.

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those
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B. P. Rinehart
This is a bilingual review: English first, then Spanish./Esta es una reseña bilingüe: inglés, luego español. (Muchas gracias, Miquel.)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 by Paul of Tar
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Jon Nakapalau
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Achingly beautiful and haunting - words that transition from falling stars to fireflies as you are lost in wanting - highest recommendation.
Luís
It is true that when it comes to an author so popular, so admired, something extraordinary expected, and therefore it spoils this effect of discovery. It was my first Neruda; a bilingual collection (where I also had fun reading the original version) made up of three small clusters of different shapes. Elementary writing, but which reaches grandeur, where the woman is at the centre; all types of women and metaphors. Neruda has managed to express himself around such familiar topics as love and wom ...more
Gerhard
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, poetry-plays
This is my first experience reading Neruda, and I must say I was quite taken by it. My only issue is that, read as a whole, some of the issues and imagery tend to become a tad repetitive. But there is a definite sense of a progression in terms of a love affair, culminating in the woefully bleak ‘The Song of Despair’.

The Penguin Classics edition is a wonderful object, from the minimalist cover to the inclusion of the original Spanish text for each poem and Picasso illustrations. The Spanish verse
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whichwaydidshego
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate being steeped in imagery... & passion.
Shelves: poetry, translations
I took my time reading this, choosing to savor the succulent, vivid, tactile words. I must say, these poems are luscious! I feel their imagery as much as visualize it. Phrases such as "In the moist night my garment of kisses trembles..." A garment of kisses. How delightful! (I want one!)

I also love how he is constantly mixing ideas of fire and water together, as if with love somehow they feed off each other where they should cancel each other out. "Bonfire of awe in which my thirst was burning."
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Edita
We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.

Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin between my hands.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that is always turned to
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Shine Sebastian
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2018, books-i-own
Beautiful! Profusion of sweet and tender emotions poured at will.
Sensual, poetic, nostalgic and melancholy.
Roy Lotz
Oh, the power to celebrate you with all the words of happiness
To sing, to burn, to flee, like a church bell in the hands of a madman.

Pablo Neruda is the most famous Spanish-speaking poet of the 20th century, perhaps in all of literature. He published this, his most popular book, when he was 19 years old—a fact which will fill you with hope or despair, depending on your age. Yet it is youth (being the period in which love is felt most and understood least) that is the best time to write love
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Jareed
Neruda does not play with the intangible. He does not waste words with the abstract. One simply needs to read and take in the pure and stark versification of the sensualities of life, both in love and lust.

Neruda’s distinct style in poetry is easily distinguishable.

First, his work is intuitive of the austere beauty of nature and his Chilean roots. The verses are reflective of the uncompromising beauty of the environment that he has witnessed in his formative years. The poems allude to the vas
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Antonio
“Tonight I can write the saddest lines
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”


I'm still drunk on Neruda's poems and to be honest, I'm not sure I'll sober up again anytime soon. The author's words seem to draw you into a kind of trance in which you start to say the poems out loud, creating a mixture of the poet's feelings and yours. You then keep the trance by listening to your own words, Neruda's words spoken through your tongue; the sound that could hypnotize you easily till dawn.

“I am n
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Christy
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a good person at judging poetry, but thought I'd give this one a go after hearing it recommended on a Bookish podcast.

I thought it was cool how it had the original Spanish version next to the translated one. I wish I knew Spanish because I bet this was even better in its intended form, however the translator did an excellent job with it. I also enjoyed the introduction because I got to learn some basics about Pablo Neruda - his life and work.

It was very short - literally 20 love poems a
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Ken
Interesting in that it is early, early Neruda, showing signs of his infatuation for poets like Rimbaud and Baudelaire. His other god in poetry was Whitman.

Often overwrought, but his subject IS young love, after all, and I think the two go hand in hand, if memory serves.

In the foreword, Steven Dobyns shares an anecdote that ANY poet would love to have as part of his past. Apparently Neruda was conducting a reading before 600 in Venezuela, circa nineteen sixty-something, when an audience member re
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Tracey
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poems that I love
The Cataract of Lodore
BY ROBERT SOUTHEY

 From its sources which well

 In the tarn on the fell;

 From its fountains

 In the mountains,

 Its rills and its gills;

 Through moss and through brake,

 It runs and it creeps

 For a while, till it sleeps

 In its own little lake.

 And thence at departing,

 Awakening and starting,

 It runs through the reeds,

 And away it proceeds,

 Through meadow and glade,

 In sun and in shade,

 And through the wood-shelter,

 Among crags in its flurry,

 Helter-skelter,

 Hur
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