Ceremonial Songs

Ceremonial Songs

by Pablo Neruda
     
 

Presented in English beside the original Spanish-language poems, this edition makes several Pablo Neruda poems available in English—shining jewels that celebrate Neruda's ability to explore landscapes of the heart and mind through the canto or sacred song. The universal message of the poems remains timeless.  See more details below

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Presented in English beside the original Spanish-language poems, this edition makes several Pablo Neruda poems available in English—shining jewels that celebrate Neruda's ability to explore landscapes of the heart and mind through the canto or sacred song. The universal message of the poems remains timeless.

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From the Publisher

"There are many extant English translations of Neruda's poetry, but none contain these resplendent sacred songs. . . . These poems are bold, romantic, and circular, embracing all the colors of the spiritual rainbow . . . Neruda sees the universe when he closes his eyes, and his poems make existence that much sweeter."  —Booklist
Library Journal
Nobel laureate Neruda once said he felt as if poems just sprouted from him. Gradually, his entire poetic corpus has been sprouting up in English versions. This first-ever English appearance of these ten songs begins with the longish elegy "The Unburied Woman of Paita," in memory of Manuela Saenz, the lover of Simon Bolivar. One of the ceremonies Neruda describes is the bullfight, in which the "mountainous, opulent" bull wonders if "the new silence covering him is a genital blanket/ of ecstasy, or eternal shadow." Another poem celebrates the Uruguayan-born French writer Leautreamont, who invented "wolves to defend the light" and traveled "beyond evil-to arrive at goodness." Though this volume lacks introduction and footnotes, Neruda's stature is such that any appearance of his poetry in translation deserves to be available to all who love Latin American poetry.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935480801
Publisher:
Latin American Literary Review Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Discoveries Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda was an internationally celebrated Chilean poet and a Nobel Laureate. He is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century, as well as a controversial political figure. Maria Jacketti is a poet and instructor whose work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has translated several collections by Pablo Neruda. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 12, 1904
Date of Death:
September 23, 1973
Place of Birth:
Parral, Chile
Place of Death:
Santiago, Chile
Education:
University of Chile, Santiago

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