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 writers, lionized during his lifetime as "the people's poet."

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Overview

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 writers, lionized during his lifetime as "the people's poet."

This selection of Neruda's poetry, the most comprehensive single volume available in English, presents nearly six hundred poems, scores of them in new and sometimes multiple translations, and many accompanied by the Spanish original. In his introduction, Ilan Stavans situates Neruda in his native milieu as well as in a contemporary English-language one, and a group of new translations by leading poets testifies to Neruda's enduring, vibrant legacy among English-speaking writers and readers today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 "Not since Whitman has a poet of genius embraced a whole continent, as Neruda has his, or spoken so directly to the nonpoets among his readers."—Selden Rodman

"Ambitious . . . Meticulously edited . . . Stavans deserves high praise for the volume he has assembled."—John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle

"The Poetry of Pablo Neruda advertises itself as 'the most comprehensive single volume available in English'—and it certainly is."—Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books

"The greatest poet of the twentieth century—in any language."—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

"[This book provides] an opportunity to reflect on the poet's achievement and his canonical position."—Christopher Winks, The Harvard Review

"If, as Stavans believes, 30 years after his death the time is right for a reappraisal of Neruda, then this volume is just what's needed to jump-start the process. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

 

"Critic Ilan Stavans has created the first comprehensive English-language survey of Neruda's legendary oeuvre, judiciously selecting and expertly discussing 600 poems to create a genuinely invaluable and deeply pleasurable volume."—Booklist

The Washington Post
Coinciding with this major occasion and anticipating the 100th anniversary of his birth, which will be marked this coming spring, is The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, a mammoth volume edited by Ilan Stavans, who, in the void created by the death of his compatriot Octavio Paz, has emerged as Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast. In his introduction, Stavans states that his objective in The Poetry of Pablo Neruda "is to offer the reader an image of Neruda's entire poetic arc." To that effect, he has chosen roughly 600 poems, translated by an abundance of contributors, including Stavans himself. — Jaime Manrique
Library Journal
This hefty anthology offers 600 chronologically arranged poems from the work of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, perhaps the most extensively translated poet in the world. Rejecting the abstract and evasive poetry of the 19th century, Neruda was inspired by humble things like socks and the smell of firewood and wrote fiercely of social injustice, celebrating heroes such as Fray Bartolome de las Casas and Abraham Lincoln and damning oppressors (e.g., "General Franco in Hell"). Editor Stavans (Latin American studies, Amherst) draws from a pool of 36 translators, including Angel Flores (who first translated Neruda into English in 1944), Robert Bly, John Felstiner, Galway Kinnell, Nathaniel Tarn, Alastair Reid, James Wright, and Clark Zlotchew. Consistent with Neruda's enthusiasm for multiple translations of his poems, Stavans offers more than one version of some poems, although the Spanish originals are only occasionally provided. If, as Stavans believes, 30 years after his death the time is right for a reappraisal of Neruda, then this volume is just what's needed to jump-start the process. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374529604
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 1040
  • Sales rank: 111,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (1904-73), Chile's greatest poet, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1971.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.

Biography

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), whose real name is Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was born on 12 July, 1904, in the town of Parral in Chile. His father was a railway employee and his mother, who died shortly after his birth, a teacher. Some years later his father, who had then moved to the town of Temuco, remarried Doña Trinidad Candia Malverde. The poet spent his childhood and youth in Temuco, where he also got to know Gabriela Mistral, head of the girls' secondary school, who took a liking to him. At the early age of thirteen he began to contribute some articles to the daily "La Mañana," among them, Entusiasmo y Perseverancia -- his first publication -- and his first poem. In 1920, he became a contributor to the literary journal "Selva Austral" under the pen name of Pablo Neruda, which he adopted in memory of the Czechoslovak poet Jan Neruda (1834-1891). Some of the poems Neruda wrote at that time are to be found in his first published book: Crepusculario (1923). The following year saw the publication of Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, one of his best-known and most translated works. Alongside his literary activities, Neruda studied French and pedagogy at the University of Chile in Santiago.

Between 1927 and 1935, the government put him in charge of a number of honorary consulships, which took him to Burma, Ceylon, Java, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Madrid. His poetic production during that difficult period included, among other works, the collection of esoteric surrealistic poems, Residencia en la tierra (1933), which marked his literary breakthrough.

The Spanish Civil War and the murder of García Lorca, whom Neruda knew, affected him strongly and made him join the Republican movement, first in Spain, and later in France, where he started working on his collection of poems España en el corazón (1937). The same year he returned to his native country, to which he had been recalled, and his poetry during the following period was characterized by an orientation towards political and social matters. España en el corazón had a great impact by virtue of its being printed in the middle of the front during the civil war.

In 1939, Neruda was appointed consul for the Spanish emigration, residing in Paris, and, shortly afterwards, consul general in Mexico, where he rewrote his "Canto general de Chile," transforming it into an epic poem about the whole South American continent, its nature, its people and its historical destiny. This work, entitled Canto general, was published in Mexico 1950, and also underground in Chile. It consists of approximately 250 poems brought together into fifteen literary cycles and constitutes the central part of Neruda's production. Shortly after its publication, Canto general was translated into some ten languages. Nearly all these poems were created in a difficult situation, when Neruda was living abroad.

In 1943, Neruda returned to Chile, and in 1945 he was elected senator of the Republic, also joining the Communist Party of Chile. Due to his protests against President González Videla's repressive policy against striking miners in 1947, he had to live underground in his own country for two years until he managed to leave in 1949. After living in different European countries he returned home in 1952. A great deal of what he published during that period bears the stamp of his political activities; one example is Las uvas y el viento (1954), which can be regarded as the diary of Neruda's exile. In Odas elementales (1954-1959) his message is expanded into a more extensive description of the world, where the objects of the hymns -- things, events and relations -- are duly presented in alphabetic form.

Neruda's production is exceptionally extensive. For example, his Obras completas, constantly republished, comprised 459 pages in 1951; in 1962 the number of pages was 1,925, and in 1968 it amounted to 3,237, in two volumes. Among his works of the last few years can be mentioned Cien sonetos de amor (1959), which includes poems dedicated to his wife, Matilde Urrutia, Memorial de Isla Negra, a poetic work of an autobiographic character in five volumes, published on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, Arte de pajáros (1966), La Barcarola (1967), the play Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta (1967), Las manos del día (1968), Fin del mundo (1969), Las piedras del cielo (1970), and La espada encendida.

Pablo Neruda died in 1973.

© The Nobel Foundation 1971

Good To Know

Always a political activist, Neruda was an anarchist for a time, but joined the Communist Party of Chile in 1945. He actually ran for president of Chile but eventually left the race to support Salvador Allende.

He had three wives throughout his lifetime: Mar a Antonieta Hagenaar, Delia de Carril, and Matilde Urrutia. He married Mar in 1930, but they divorced in 1936. He lived with Carril from the 1930s until they divorced in 1955 (they married in 1943). In 1966, he married Urrutia.

Neruda owned three homes in Chile that are open today as museums: "La Chascona" in Santiago, "La Sebastiana" in Valpara, and "Casa de Isla Negra" in Isla Negra, where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia, are buried.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 12, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Parral, Chile
    1. Date of Death:
      September 23, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Santiago, Chile

Table of Contents

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XII: THE RIVERS OF SONG

I. Carta a Miguel Otero Silva, en Caracas (1949)
Letter to Miguel Otero Silva, in Caracas (1949)
V. To Miguel Hernández, Murdered in the Prisons of Spain

XIII: NEW YEAR'S CHORALE FOR THE COUNTRY IN DARKNESS

VIII. Chile's Voices
XIV. I Recall the Sea
XV. There's No Forgiving
XVII. Happy Year to My Country in Darkness

XIV: THE GREAT OCEAN

IV. The Men and the Islands
V. Rapa Nui
VIII. The Oceanics
IX. Antarctica
XI. La muerte
Death
XII. The Wave
XVII. The Enigmas
XXI. Leviathan
XXIII. Not Only the Albatross

XIV: I AM

I. The Frontier (1904)
III. The House
VI. The Traveler (1927)
VII. Far from Here
X. The War (1936)
XI. Love

from THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES/
LOS VERSOS DEL CAPITÁN (1951-1952)

LOVE

In You the Earth
The Queen
The Potter
September 8
Tus manos
Your Hands
Tu risa
Your Laughter
The Fickle One
The Son

THE FURIES

The Hurt
El sueño
The Dream
Oblivion
You Would Come

LIVES

The Mountain and the River
The Flag
Little America
Epithalamium
La carta en el camino
Letter on the Road

from ELEMENTAL ODES/
ODAS ELEMENTALES (1952-1957)

The Invisible Man
Oda a la alcachofa
Ode to the Artichoke
Ode to the Artichoke
Oda al átomo
Ode to the Atom
Oda a la crítica
Ode to Criticism

ri0Ode to Numbers
Ode to the Past
Ode to Laziness
Ode to the Earth
Ode to My Suit
Ode to Sadness
Ode to Wine

NEW ELEMENTAL ODES

Oda a la crítica (II)
Ode to Criticism (II)
Oda al dicdonario
Ode to the Dictionary
Ode to the Seagull
Ode to Firefoot
Oda a Walt Whitman
Ode to Walt Whitman

THIRD BOOK OF ODES

Ode to Bees
Ode to Bicycles
Ode to a Village Movie Theater
Ode to Age
Ode to a Stamp Album
Ode to Maize
Ode to the Double Autumn
Oda al viejo poeta
Ode to an Aged Poet

from EXTRAVAGARIA/
ESTRAVAGARIO (1957-1958)

To Rise to the Sky . . .
Pido silencio
I Ask for Silence
I'm Asking for Silence
And the City Now Has Gone
Repertoire
With Her
Point
Fear
Cuánto pasa en un día
How Much Happens in a Day
Soliloquy at Twilight
V
Horses
We Are Many
To the Foot from Its Child
Aquí vivimos
This Is Where We Live
Getaway
The Unhappy One
Pastoral
Bestiary
Autumn Testament

from VOYAGES AND HOMECOMINGS/
NAVEGACIONES Y REGRESOS (1957-1959)

Ode to Things
Ode to the Chair

from ONE HUNDRED LOVE SONNETS/
CIEN SONETOS DE AMOR (1957-1959)

MORNING

III
IV
IV
VI
IX
IX
XI
XVI
XVII
XXVII

MIDDAY

XXXIV
XXXIV
XXXIX
XL
XLVII
XLVIII
XLVIII
L
LIII

EVENING

LV
LIX
LXIII
LXXVI
LXXVI

NIGHT

LXXX
XC
XCI
XCV
XCVII
C

fromp0 SONG OF PROTEST/
CANCIÓN DE GESTA (1958-1968)

IV. Cuba Appears
VI. Ancient History
XI. Treason
XII. Death
XIX. To Fidel Castro
XXII. So Is My Life
XXVII. Caribbean Birds
XXIX. No me lo pidan
Do Not Ask Me
XXXV. The "Free" Press
XL. Tomorrow Throughout the Caribbean

from THE STONES OF CHILE/
LAS PIEDRAS DE CHILE (1959-1961)

History
The Bull
Solitudes
The Stones of Chile
The Blind Statue
Buey
Ox
Theater of the Gods
Yo volveré
I Will Return
The Ship
The Creation
The Turtle
Las piedras y los pájaros
The Stones and the Birds
Al caminante
To the Traveler
Stones for María
Nada más
Nothing More

from CEREMONIAL SONGS/
CANTOS CEREMONIALES (1959-1961)

THE UNBURIED WOMAN OF PAITA

Prologue
I. The Peruvian Coast
II. The Unburied Woman
III. The Sea and Manuelita
IV. We Will Not Find Her
V. The Absent Lover
VI. Portrait
VII. In Vain We Search for You
VIII. Material Manuela
IX. The Game
IX. Riddle
XI. Epitaph
XII. She
XIII. Questions
XIV. Of All Silence
XV. Who Knows
XVI. Exiles
I Don't Understand
XVII. The Loneliness
XVII. The Flower
XIX. Goodbye
XX. The Resurrected Woman
XXI. Invocation
XXII. Now We Are Leaving Paita

THE BULL

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
s22VIII
IX

CORDILLERAS

I
II
III
IV
V
VI

CATACLYSM

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI
XII
XIII

LAUTRÉAMONT RECONQUISTADO

I
II
III
IV
V
VI

LAUTRÉAMONT RECONQUERED

I
II
III
IV
V
VI

OCEAN LADY

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI

from FULLY EMPOWERED/
PLENOS PODERES (1961-1962)

0Deber del poeta
The Poet's Obligation
The Word
Ocean
The Sea
It Is Born
Planet
Serenata
Serenade
To Wash a Child
Ode to Ironing
To the Dead Poor Man
Goodbyes
Spring
To Don Asterio Alarcón, Clocksmith of Valparaíso
The Night in Isla Negra
Past
El pueblo
The People
Plenos poderes
Fully Empowered

from ISLA NEGRA/
MEMORIAL DE ISLA NEGRA (1962-1964)

I. WHERE THE RAIN IS BORN

The First Journey
The Father
The First Sea
The South
Sex
La poesía
Poetry
Shyness
Swan Lake
The Human Condition
Superstitions
The Rooming House on the Calle Maruri

II. THE MOON IN THE LABYRINTH

Loves: Terusa (I)
Loves: Terusa (II)
Bread-Poetry
My Crazy Friends
First Travelings
Opium in the East
Monsoons
October Fullness
Lost Letters

i0III. CRUEL FIRE

Ay! Mi ciudad perdida
Oh, My Lost City
Tal vez cambié desde entonces
Perhaps I've Changed Since Then
Revolutions
The Unknown One
Insomnia
Goodbye to the Snow
Tides
Exilio
Exile

IV. THE HUNTER AFTER ROOTS

Brother Cordillera
What Is Born with Me
Appointment with Winter
The Hero
The Forest
Night
Mexican Serenade
Para la envidia
To Envy

V. CRITICAL SONATA

Ars Magnetica
To Those at Odds
Day Dawns
Solitude
It Is Not Necessary
Memory
The Long Day Called Thursday
What We Accept Without Wanting To
El futuro es espacio
The Future Is Space

from ART OF BIRDS/
ARTE DE PÁJAROS (1962-1965)

Migracíon
Migration

PAJARINTOS

Wandering Albatross
American Kestrel
Guanay Cormorant
Slender-Billed Parakeet
Gray Gull
Magellanic Woodpecker

INTERMISSION

Chilean Lapwing
Chilean Mockingbird

PAJARANTES

Dodobird

from A HOUSE IN THE SAND/
UNA CASA EN LA ARENA (1956-1966)

Amor para este libro
Love for This Book

from LA BARCAROLA/
LA BARCAROLA (1964-1967)

The Watersong Ends

from THE HANDS OF DAY/
LAS MANOS DEL DÍA (1967-1968)

I. Guilty
XL. In Vietnam
LVIII. El Pasado
The Past
LX. Verb

from WORLD'S END/
FIN DEL MUNDO (1968-1969)

VII

The Seeker

XI

The Sadder Century

from SEAQUAKE/
MAREMOTO (1968)

Maremoto
Seaquake
Starfish i0Jaiva
Farewell to the Offerings of the Sea

from STILL ANOTHER DAY/
AÚN (1969)

VI
VII
XII
XVII
XVII
XX
XXVIII

from THE FLAMING SWORD/
LA ESPADA ENCENDIDA (1969-1970)

XVIII. Someone

from STONES FROM THE SKY/
LAS PIEDRAS DEL CIELO (1970)

I
II
V
XI
XI
XIII
XV
XIX
XXIII
XXVIII
XXVIII

from BARREN TERRAIN/
GEOGRAFÍA INFRUCTUOSA (1969-1972)

Numbered

from THE SEPARATE ROSE/
LA ROSA SEPARADA (1971-1972)

Men II
Men IX
Men X
Los hombres XI
Men XI
Men XIV

from A CALL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF NIXON AND PRAISE FOR THE CHILEAN REVOLUTION/INCITACIÓN AL NIXONICIDIO Y ALABANZA DE LA REVOLUCIÓN CHILENA (1972-1973)

I. I Begin by Invoking Walt Whitman
II. I Say Goodbye to Other Subjects
V. The Judgment
VII. Victory
IX. I Call upon You
XVIII. Come with Me
XVIII. Portrait of the Man
XXV. Against Death
XXX. Mar y amor de Quevedo
The Sea and the Love of Quevedo
XXXII. September 4, 1970

from THE SEA AND THE BELLS/
EL MAR Y LAS CAMPANAS (1971-1973)

Buscar
To Search
I Am Grateful
My Name Was Reyes
I Will Tell You
A Small Animal
It Rains
This Broken Bell

from 2000/
2000 (1971)

I. The Masks
IV. La tierra
The Earth
IX. Celebration

from ELEGY/
ELEGÍA (1971-1972)

XIV
par

from THE YELLOW HEART/
EL CORAZÓN AMARILLO (1971-1972)

I Still Get Around
Love Song
Reject the Lightning
Disasters
Morning with Air
El tiempo que no se perdió
Time That Wasn't Lost
Suburbs

from WINTER GARDEN/
JARDÍN DE INVIERNO (1971-1973)

The Egoist
Gautama Cristo
Gautama Christ
Modestly
With Quevedo, in Springtime
Winter Garden
In Memory of Manuel and Benjamín
Animal of Light
Un perro ha muerto
A Dog Has Died
La estrella
The Star

from THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS/
LIBRO DE LAS PREGUNTAS (1971-1973)

I
VII
IX
IX
X
XI
XXI
XXXIX
XXXIX
XLI
XLV
LXV
LXXII

from SELECTED FAILINGS/
DEFECTOS ESCOGIDOS (1971-1973)

Triste canción para aburrir a cualquiera
Sad Song to Bore Everyone
El Gran Orinador
The Great Urinator

HOMAGE:
FOURTEEN OTHER WAYS OF LOOKING AT PABLO NERUDA

MIGUEL ALGARÍN

Puerto Rico, Puerto Pobre [Song of Protest]
I Come from the South [Song of Protest]

APRIL BERNARD

From My Journey [The Sea and the Bells]

ROBERT BLY

I Wish the Woodcutter Would Wake Up [Canto General]
The Strike [Canto General]
Ode to the Watermelon [Voyages and Homecomings]

RAFAEL CAMPO

XLIV [One Hundred Love Sonnets]
LXVI [One Hundred Love Sonnets]
XCIV [One Hundred Love Sonnets]

MARTÍN ESPADA

The Celestial Poets [Canto General]
In Salvador, Death [Song of Protest]
Octopi [Seaquake]

EDWARD HIRSCH

Ode to the Book I [Elemental Odes]
Ode to the Book II [Elemental Odes]

JANE HIRSHFIELD
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Ode to Time [Elemental Odes]

GALWAY KINNELL

I Explain a Few Things [Residence on Earth]

PHILIP LEVINE

Ode to Salt [Elemental Odes]

W. S. MERWIN

V. So That You Will Hear Me [Twenty Love Poems]
XVI. In My Sky at Twilight [Twenty Love Poems]

PAUL MULDOON

Ode to a Hare-Boy [Elemental Odes]

GARY SOTO

House [Ceremonial Songs]

MARK STRAND

Ode to the Smell of Firewood [New Elemental Odes]
Ode to a Pair of Socks [New Elemental Odes]
Ode to Enchanted Light [Third Book of Odes]

JAMES WRIGHT

Toussaint L'Ouverture [Canto General]

Bibliography
Spanish Editions
Translations into English
Biographical and Critical Works

Notes on Neruda's Life and Poetry
Acknowledgments
Index of First Lines

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    A Bible for Poems

    Pablo Neruda is simply a man of genius. This is a collection of works that does not even fully encompass all his writings. Neruda is a truly incredible man to have written so many poems that touch you someplace deep inside..it's amazing how he can make you feel through his words. This is a collection celebrating the versatility and many facets of an extraordinary writer and man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Erotic! Romatic!

    best poet's collection ever! This should be in everyman's bookshelf. My all time favorite poem is 'Tonight I can write'. It just tears your heart apart.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Magnificent

    Neruda's poetry is evocative, provocative, and sensual. This Latin American poet captures the grit of Whitman, but the visual beauty of Blake. Read with fervor and without filters. Only meet the words where they find you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Gorgeous!

    I loved this book. It has all the best poems by Pablo Neruda in excellent translations. Ilan Stavans has done a great job as the editor.

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