Five Decades: Poems, 1925-1970

Five Decades: Poems, 1925-1970


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802130358
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Series: Neruda, Pablo Series
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 819,598
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

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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Five Decades: Poems, 1925-1970 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jburlinson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bilingual edition, so even a very basic knowledge of Spanish demonstrates that 70% of the poetry has been leached out during the translation process.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have found many errors in the translation. For example, in the poem 'The Enigmas' there are symbolic images in Spanish that are not present in English. One such image is a unicorn. How can a translator omit such a metaphor? I understand the translation process is difficult, but I find it is essential to include such significant components in a poem. Overall, I was disappointed. Nevertheless, for the average Neruda fan this book is worth having if nothing else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many people criticize Belitt's translations because they are not overtly literal. I think they miss the point, which Belitt made in his book 'Adam's Dream: A Preface to Translation.' The gist is this: since Belitt is a translator, he must adhere to certain rules and, since Belitt is also a poet, he must adhere to his rules as well. What Belitt creates are new poems which capture what he feels is the essence of the original. In this day and age, you can get a literal translation of Neruda from Spanish to English with software. Belitt is not a program, not a machine. He is a poet. And that's that.