On the Blue Shore of Silence/Poems of the Sea a la Orilla Azul Del Silencio

On the Blue Shore of Silence/Poems of the Sea a la Orilla Azul Del Silencio

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ISBN-13: 9780060591847
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 452,557
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(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.

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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On the Blue Shore of Silence
Poems of the Sea

Forget About Me
No Me Hagan Caso

No Me Hagan Caso

Entre las cosas que echa el mar
busquemos las más calcinadas,
patas violetas de cangrejos,
cabecitas de pez difunto,
sílabas suaves de madera,
pequeños países de nácar,
busquemos lo que el mar deshizo
con insistencia y sin lograrlo,
lo que rompió y abandonó
y lo dejó para nosotros.

Hay pétalos ensortijados,
algodones de la tormenta,
inútiles joyas del agua,
y dulces huesos de pájaro
en aún actitud de vuelo.

El mar arrojó su abandono.
el aire jugó con las cosas,
el sol abrazó cuanto había,
y el tiempo vive junto al mar
y cuenta y toca lo que existe.

Yo conozco todas las algas,
los ojos blancos de la arena,
las pequeñas mercaderías
de las mareas en otoño
y ando como grueso pelícano
levantando nidos mojados,
esponjas que adoran el viento,
labios de sombra submarina,
pero nada más desgarrador
que el síntoma de los naufragios:
el suave madero perdido
que fue mordido por las olas
y desdeñado por la muerte.

Forget About Me

Among the things the sea throws up,
let us hunt for the most petrified,
violet claws of crabs,
little skulls of dead fish,
smooth syllables of wood,
small countries of mother-of-pearl;
let us look for what the sea undid
insistently, carelessly,
what it broke up and abandoned,
and left behind for us.

Petals crimped up,
cotton from the tidewash,
useless sea-jewels,
and sweet bones of birds
still in the poise of flight.

The sea washed up its tidewrack,
the air played with the sea-things;
when there was sun, it embraced them,
and time lives close to the sea,
counting and touching what exists.

I know all the algae,
the white eyes of the sand,
the tiny merchandise
of the tides in autumn,
and I walk with the plump pelican,
building its soaking nests,
sponges that worship the wind,
shelves of undersea shadow,
but nothing more moving
than the vestiges of shipwrecks —
the smooth abandoned beams
gnawed by the waves
and disdained by death.

Hay que buscar cosas oscuras
en alguna parte de la tierra,
a la orilla azul del silencio
o donde pasó como un tren
la tempestad arrolladora:
allí quedan signos delgados,
monedas del tiempo y del agua,
detritus, ceniza celeste
y la embriaguez intransferible
de tomar parte en los trabajos
de la soledad y la arena.

Let us look for secret things
somewhere in the world,
on the blue shore of silence
or where the storm has passed,
rampaging like a train.
There the faint signs are left,
coins of time and water,
debris, celestial ash
and the irreplaceable rapture
of sharing in the labour
of solitude and the sand.

On the Blue Shore of Silence
Poems of the Sea
. Copyright © by Pablo Neruda. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love the sea and Neruda's poetry, this book will become a favorite. I keep it near my bed so I can reach for it time and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the Neruda anthologies that I have read, this is by far the most eloquent tribute to his love of the sea and his home on Isla Negra in Chile. The English translations are done by Alastair Reid, Mr. Neruda¿s favored translator and it flows as naturally as does the Spanish original. I speak both languages and it is always such a pleasure to see a translation so elegantly done. The artwork by Mary Heebner is as sumptuous as Pablo Neruda¿s poetry and truly reflects the feel of the ocean. Her paintings capture the mood of each poem perfectly and add to the emotion of his words. It is I believe the only anthology that has focused solely on his poems of the sea. The book is bilingual with the text in Spanish on one page and English on the other. It contains my favorite of Neruda¿s poems, The Soliloquy of the Waves. Even the typeset and Neruda¿s name on the dust jacket painted in a blurry sea blue reflect the ocean that the poems are about. Pablo Neruda has been a favorite poet of mine for many, many years and this stunning book is a wonderful addition to my collection of his anthologies. It is a beautiful piece to celebrate his centenary.
4oops on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I seem to keep buying this book only to watch friends "borrow" it and never return it. Well, here at Library Thing, it will always stay on my virtual bookshelf!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a brief compendium, this is a well-crafted piece. The artwork blends well with the poetry--would be a very nice gift.