Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

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Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda

Praise for Stephen Mitchell's translation of Rilke:

"Perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has produced." 
— Chicago Tribune

"This is, without any doubt, the best English rendering of Rilke. It is as faithful to the original as the translation of poetry can hope to be, faithful not only to its linguistic meaning but to its poetic expressiveness."

— Erich Heller, Poetry 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060182854
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), one of the most beloved poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.

Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), uno de los poetas más renombrados del siglo veinte, nació en Parral, Chile. En 1950 compartió el Premio Internacional de la Paz con Paul Robeson y Pablo Picasso, y en 1971 fue galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura.

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

Date of Birth:

July 12, 1904

Date of Death:

September 23, 1973

Place of Birth:

Parral, Chile

Place of Death:

Santiago, Chile

Education:

University of Chile, Santiago

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Some Beasts

It was the twilight of the iguana.

From the rainbow-arched battlements
his tongue like a dart
plunged into the greenness,
the monastic ant-swarm walked
through the jungle with melodious feet,
the guanaco, thin as oxygen
in the wide gray heights,
moved wearing boots of gold,
while the llama opened his guileless
eyes in the transparency
of a world filled with dew.
The monkeys braided a thread
endlessly erotic
along the shores of the dawn,
demolishing walls of pollen
and scaring off the violet flight
of the butterflies of Muzo.
It was the night of the alligators,
the night pure and pullulating
with snouts emerging from the slime,
and out of the sleepy marshes
an opaque noise of armor
returned to the earth it came from.

The jaguar touched the leaves
with his phosphorescent absence,
the puma runs on the branches
like a devouring fire
while inside him burn
the jungle's alcoholic eyes.

The badgers scratch the feet
of the river, sniff out the nest
whose throbbing delight
they'll attack with red teeth.

And in the depths of the all-powerful water,
like the circle of the earth,
lies the giant anaconda,
covered with ritual mud,
devouring and religious.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
from CANTO GENERAL (1950)
3(6)
Some Beasts
3(6)
from ELEMENTAL ODES (1954)
9(90)
Ode to the Artichoke
9(6)
Ode to Bird-Watching
15(10)
Ode to the Book (I)
25(6)
Ode to the Book (II)
31(8)
Ode to a Chestnut on the Ground
39(6)
Ode to Laziness
45(6)
Ode to the Onion
51(6)
Ode to My Suit
57(6)
Ode to the Tomato
63(6)
Ode to Cesar Vallejo
69(8)
Ode to a Watch in the Night
77(6)
Ode to Wine
83(6)
Ode to the Yellow Bird
89(10)
from NEW ELEMENTAL ODES (1956)
99(22)
Ode to the Hummingbird
99(8)
Ode to the Seagull
107(6)
Ode to My Socks
113(8)
from THIRD BOOK OF ODES (1957)
121(34)
Ode to the Bee
121(10)
Ode to the Black Panther
131(6)
Ode to the Lemon
137(4)
Ode to the Rooster
141(8)
Ode to Salt
149(6)
from EXTRAVAGARIA (1958)
155(36)
Keeping Quiet
155(4)
Horses
159(4)
To the Foot from Its Child
163(4)
Cats' Dream
167(4)
Too Many Names
171(4)
Through a Closed Mouth the Flies Enter
175(4)
Bestiary
179(12)
from NAVIGATIONS AND RETURNS (1959)
191(16)
Ode to the Cat
191(8)
Ode to the Watermelon
199(8)
from ONE HUNDRED LOVE SONNETS (1960)
207(6)
XII
207(2)
XVII
209(4)
from FULL POWERS (1962)
213(50)
The Word
213(6)
Ocean
219(2)
Water
221(2)
The Sea
223(2)
It Is Born
225(2)
Standing Naked
227(2)
Bird
229(2)
Serenade
231(2)
To Wash a Child
233(2)
Ode to Ironing
235(2)
Births
237(2)
Spring
241(2)
To Don Asterio Alarcon, Chronometrist of Valparaiso
243(6)
Ode to Acario Cotapos
249(8)
The Night in Isla Negra
257(2)
To Sadness
259(4)
Acknowledgments 263

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection is by far one of the best translated collections I've ever read. Stephen Mitchell (who has also created a brilliant translation of "Gilgamesh") makes Neruda sound as fluid and lush in English as he sounds in Spanish. As someone with a degree in both English and Spanish literature, I can tell you that the translations of these poems are quite accurate, but more importantly, they flow well and naturally, and are some of the most beautiful and sensual poems I've read in any language.