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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 December 1st 1951)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-wish-liszt, neruda
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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,
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Romance and War

I walked into Coalesce Bookstore in the quaint town of Morro Bay, CA and ended up in their poetry section. I saw Pablo Neruda’s name written on a book and pulled it off the shelf and began reading his poems on war, on politics. I put the book back on the shelf and began to walk out of the store. When I got to the door, I stopped, turned around and went back to read some more of his poems. I put it back on the shelf and began to walk away again. I stopped, grabbed the book and boug
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
⊱ Poppy ⊰
I Liked Pablo Neruda's writing, 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. Some poems really hit home where some of them really confused me. These poems really made this book a quite interesting read for me.

And I in these lines say:
Like this I want
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
S.J. Pettersson
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worn-spines
"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...
Chris M.
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Izzy G
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Snehal Bhagat
Dec 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dale Harcombe
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
-`ˏ kate ˎ´˗
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book could be my New favorite but SADLY it wasnt. The writing Style just wasnt for me. I loved some od his later work but the first few poems made ni sense at all to me.
Sabita Bhattarai
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please suggest me more.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was as if Neruda was using every word and piece of imagery for the first time, disintering it from some smouldering corner, cleaning and polishing until it shone. Breathtaking stuff.
Jack C. Buck
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a 1000 pager. Took me a year of it sitting bedside.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, soul-mates
“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 wi
Katie Joiner
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2008 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."

May 11, 2011 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.
Ashley Warren
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, hits me in places where few poets have managed to reach.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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T.M. Lakomy
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
they dont make men like Neruda anymore
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Neruda's poetry is absolutely EXQUISITE. As this was the first ever poetry book I picked up, I wasn't sure how to go through the comprehensive collection, so I hopscotched and finished Residence, Canto General and Isla Negra in the end as these looked more serious or long sections. (And my mind always like it easy and short).
The following lines from "Ode to The Book I" strikes a chord in my heart and I believe Neruda lived what he wrote and he sure did love well.
I’ve learned to take lif
Gloria Sun
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
whew, i feel like i just finished an encyclopedia. this man is so human i think he feels more than i do, or at least he's better at putting it in words than i am, so that i become more sensitive to my condition. he's also incredibly versatile and talks about things from love to the history of the spanish conquest to nixon and watermelons. i also didn't know i had the ability to continuously read such a thick compilation of poetry - normally it's in smaller bursts, but now i have more confidence ...more
Joe Schmidt
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot for me. Though I enjoy the occasional poem (especially as a quote at the start of a story or chapter), 1000 pages was just too much for a single volume for me. I know that I got impatient because I love the continuity of a narrative, but his poetry is so stirring and picturesque I can forgive Neruda. Smaller poetry doses moving forward.
Sharaf Jaber
Very inspiring, soul touching and soul shattering in the same time, Dark with a bitter sweet narration
Kari Ni
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deep and magical, Neruda's poems create a whole new world of love, undisclosed desires, longing and melancholy, which will start lingering in your mind and soul the moment you read them.
Michelle Marcano
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ...more

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