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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
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Mar 31, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: poetry

** spoiler alert ** 2 1/2 Stars - This is the first volume of Neruda's poetry I've read. It's only the second volume he published and it was written when he was in his early twenties. I enjoyed reading the introduction as much as the poems. One thing that struck me is that Neruda prefaces Poem XVI: 'In My Sky at Twilight,' with the information that he based it on a poem by Tagore. Now, Tagore wasn't mentioned in the intro and I feel it's an important clue as to how well-read Neruda was. I like how in one poem he refers to writing poetry as something organic. - I DO want to read more of his poetry, especially anything to do with nature, minus the young love. And I remember that I want to read Tagore as well. - For now, I intend to go back and make lists of all the words he repeats in this set of poems, for there is definitely an image winding through them all making them a whole.

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