The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

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 Márque)

"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

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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 Márque)

"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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374299958
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/19/2003
Edition description:
TRANSLATIO
Pages:
1040
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.28(h) x 2.14(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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The Poetry of Pablo Neruda 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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The_MRF More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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