Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) / Edition 1

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Pablo Neruda publicó Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, su poemario más conocido, en 1924, cuando tenía sólo veinte años. Este es el libro más popular de Neruda y significó la plena consolidación de su prestigio literario. En Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, el gran bestseller de la poesía en lengua española, el poeta expresa el amor juvenil, apasionado, exultante y a la vez que triste.

Obra de gran envergadura literaria, el remanente de la herencia modernista fue aliado en ella por Neruda de modo admirable a los hallazgos expresivos de la nueva vanguardia en una serie de piezas de conmovida intensidad lírica, cuyo acento de plenitud vital, exaltacién genésica y erotismo panteísta cede el paso, en la hora de los duelos y las separaciones, a un tono de melancolía que le hermana a la herencia romántica.

Intocables en su definitiva rotundidad de pieza maestra, estos Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada constituyen sin duda una de las mayores cimas de la poesía amorosa en lengua castellana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420634180
  • Publisher: Alianza
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 95
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda, nacido y muerto en Chile (Parral, 1904-Santiago, 1973), ha sido sin duda una de las voces más altas de la poesía mundial de nuestro tiempo. Nacido Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, adoptó el apellido con el que se le conoce del poeta checo Jan Neruda y lo legalizó en 1946.

Publicó Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada en 1924, con veinte años. Más tarde, de 1934 a 1938, fue cónsul de Chile en Madrid y conectó con los poetas de la Generación del 27. La guerra civil española despertó sus inquietudes políticas. Durante el gobierno de Salvador Allende fue nombrado embajador en París. Murió en chile en 1973, en medio de las sangrientas circunstancias que siguieron al golpe de estado del dictador Pinochet.

Desde el combate directo o desde la persecución y el exilio valerosamente arrostrados, la trayectoria del poeta, que en 1971 obtuvo el premio Nobel, configura, a la vez que la evolución de un intelectual militante, una de las principales aventuras expresivas de la lírica en lengua castellana, sustentada en un poderío verbal inigualable, que de la indiscriminada inmersión en el mundo de las fuerzas telúricas originarias se expandió a la fusión con el ámbito natal americano y supo cantar el instante amoroso que contiene el cosmos, el tiempo oscuro de la opresión y el tiempo encendido de la lucha. Una mirada que abarca a la vez la vastedad de los seres y el abismo interior del lenguaje: poeta total, Neruda pertenece ya a la tradición más viva de nuestra mayor poesía.

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

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Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos,

te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega.

Mi cuerpo de labriego salvaje te socava

y hace saltar el hijo del fondo de la tierra.

 

Fui solo como un túnel. De mí huían los pájaros

y en mí la noche entraba su invasión poderosa.

Para sobrevivirme te forjé como un arma,

como una flecha en mi arco, como una piedra en mi honda.

 

Pero cae la hora de la venganza, y te amo.

Cuerpo de piel, de musgo, de leche ávida y firme.

Ah los vasos del pecho! Ah los ojos de ausencia!

Ah las rosas del pubis! Ah tu voz lenta y triste!

 

Cuerpo de mujer mía, persistirá en tu gracia.

Mi sed, mi ansia sin limite, mi camino indeciso!

Oscuros cauces donde la sed eterna sigue,

y la fatiga sigue, y el dolor infinito.

© 1924 Pablo Neruda y Herederos de Pablo Neruda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Inspired Again

    There is no one that did it like Neruda, except maybe Paz, who was a continent away. Without Neruda, poetry would have long ago fallen into a dark alley. A new book and many new hours to revel in this master's words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    ES SIMPLEMENTE EL ESTAR ENAMORADO DEL AMOR

    El amor que se proyecta en las palabras de Neruda, hacen que cualquier persona sienta lo que es estar enamorado. No puedes evitar pensar el ser amado depués de descubrir a Neruda.

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