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The Poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda
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Aug 10, 2011

The bigger the volume, the worse Neruda looks. You only get a sense of his genius if you include generous selections of his earlier work (Veinte Poemas until Tercera residencia), a fair chunk of Canto general, a few Odas, then a very, very slim selection of the fluff he wrote from then onwards. This collection, however, is weighted far too heavily towards the latter part of his career, which tarnishes the incredible leaps and bounds he made in the remarkable years of his youth.

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