The Captain's Verses

The Captain's Verses


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The Captain's Verses by Pablo Neruda

The Nobel Prize winner 's classic collection of love poems.
Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri—the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world—passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811218214
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 287,137
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Pablo Neruda was born in 1904 in the town of Parral in Chile. He received numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the International Peace Prize in 1950, the Lenin Peace Prize and the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953. In 1971, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Two years later he died of leukemia in Santiago, Chile.

Date of Birth:

July 12, 1904

Date of Death:

September 23, 1973

Place of Birth:

Parral, Chile

Place of Death:

Santiago, Chile


University of Chile, Santiago

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Neruda is the man in love with love. He has the power to sink you inside your most profound happiness, awakaning the deepest feelings inside any human being. This book will question your perspective of love
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neruda is absolutly the most compelling love poet ever. This book is not only a man's testiment to love; but is his personal journey of self exploration. Neruda writes from the heart, soul, and forces that only some people have been fortunate enough to experience. THe book is absolutly beautiful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every emotion that dwells in the human heart the reader will find in the Captain's Verses. Read and weep as the words penetrate your soul.
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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because for the long time I wanted to read something by Neruda, and this bilingual edition offered an opportunity to read the original Spanish alongside with the English translation. Since I know a bit of Spanish, this was an opportunity to practice it and improve it, as well as get exposed to some of the most sensual and inspiring poems in any language. Neruda's idiom is rich with metaphors, and he takes everyday objects and situations and imbues them with poetic and emotional undertones. This fascination with common objects is particularly useful for someone who is learning Spanish - it provides a great and enjoyable vocabulary-building opportunity. However, be warned - some phrases and words are a bit risque, and you shouldn't be too liberal at trying to impress your Spanish speaking friends at parties. It may lead to some interesting situations.