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Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda / Edition 3
     

Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda / Edition 3

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by Pablo Neruda
 

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ISBN-10: 0520269985

ISBN-13: 9780520269989

Pub. Date: 05/17/2011

Publisher: University of California Press


The atom, a tuna, laziness, love—the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda's odes. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote three books of odes during his lifetime. Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las

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The atom, a tuna, laziness, love—the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda's odes. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote three books of odes during his lifetime. Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las odas. Margaret Sayers Peden's selection of odes from all three volumes, printed with the Spanish originals on facing pages, is by far the most extensive yet to appear in English. She vividly conveys the poet's vision of the realities of day-to-day life in her translations, while her brief introduction describes the genesis of the poems.

To write simply of simple things was a task the poet undertook consciously, following his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, the "social conversion" that resulted from a visit to Macchu Picchu, and the writing of his epic Canto general (California, forthcoming). The odes are arranged in brief, sinuous lines that flow down the page and connect the poet to the animal, mineral, and vegetable world, to people and objects, and to the landscape of history. "Chile," Neruda once said in reference to the work of sixteenth-century poet Alonso de Ercilla, "was invented by a poet." In accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, he declared that "We [writers from the vast expanse of America] are called upon to fill with words the confines of a mute continent, and we become drunk with the task of telling and naming." The odes reflect what Neruda saw as both an obligation and a privilege—the naming and defining of his world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520269989
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Latin American Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
444,347
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Translator's IntroductionI
I.Elemental Odes5
El Hombre Invisible / The Invisible Man6
Oda a la Alcachofa / Ode to an Artichoke18
Oda a las Americas / Ode to the Americas22
Oda al Atomo / Ode to the Atom28
Oda a las Aves de Chile / Ode to the Birds of Chile38
Oda al Caldillo de Congrio / Ode to Conger Chowder46
Oda a una Castana en el Suelo / Ode to a Chestnut on the Ground50
Oda a la Critica / Ode to Criticism54
Oda al Hilo / Ode to the Thread58
Oda al Laboratorista / Ode to a Laboratory Technician66
Oda al Libro (II) / Ode to the Book (II)72
Oda a la Madera / Ode to Wood78
Oda a Mirar Pajaros / Ode to Bird-Watching86
Oda a los Numeros / Ode to Numbers94
Oda al Pajaro Sofre / Ode to a Saffron Finch100
Oda a la Pareja / Ode to a Couple106
Oda al Pasado / Ode to the Past112
Oda a la Pereza / Ode to Laziness116
Oda a un Reloj en la Noche / Ode to a Watch in the Night120
Oda al Tercer Dia / Ode to the Third Day126
Oda al Tiempo / Ode to Time130
Oda a la Tierra / Ode to the Earth134
Oda al Tomate / Ode to Tomatoes138
Oda al Traje / Ode to My Suit144
Oda a la Tristeza / Ode to Sadness148
Oda a Valparaiso / Ode to Valparaiso150
Oda al Verano / Ode to Summer156
Oda al Vino / Ode to Wine162
II.New Elemental Odes169
La Casa de las Odas / The House of Odes170
Oda a los Calcetines / Ode to My Socks174
Oda al Craneo / Ode to the Cranium178
Oda a la Critica (II) / Ode to Criticism (II)184
Oda a la Cruz del Sur / Ode to the Southern Cross188
Oda al Diccionario / Ode to the Dictionary194
Oda a Don Diego de la Noche / Ode to a Mirabilis Jalapa: The Night-Blooming Four O'Clock202
Oda a la Gaviota / Ode to the Sea Gull206
Oda a la Lagartija / Ode to the Lizard210
Oda a la Luna del Mar / Ode to the Moon of the Sea214
Oda al Nino de la Liebre / Ode to a Boy with a Hare222
Oda al Picaflor / Ode to the Hummingbird226
Oda a Pies de Fuego / Ode to Firefoot232
III.Third Book of Odes239
Odas de Todo el Mundo / Odes for Everyone240
Oda a la Abeja / Ode to Bees246
Oda al Albanil Tranquilo / Ode to the Gentle Bricklayer254
Oda a un Albatros Viajero / Ode to the Voyager Albatross256
Oda al Algarrobo Muerto / Ode to a Dead Carob Tree266
Oda a las Algas del Oceano / Ode to Seaweeds270
Oda a un Gran Atun en el Mercado / Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market276
Oda a la Bicicleta / Ode to Bicycles282
Oda al Buque en la Botella / Ode to a Ship in a Bottle286
Oda a la Casa Abandonada / Ode to an Abandoned House290
Oda a la Casa Dormida / Ode to a Sleeping House294
Oda a un Cine de Pueblo / Ode to a Village Movie Theater298
Oda a la Edad / Ode to Age302
Oda al Gallo / Ode to a Rooster306
Oda a la Jardinera / Ode to a Woman Gardening314
Oda al Libro de Estampas / Ode to a Stamp Album318
Oda al Limon / Ode to the Lemon324
Oda a la Luz Marina / Ode to Light on the Sea326
Oda al Maiz / Ode to Maize332
Oda al Nacimiento de un Ciervo / Ode to the Birth of a Fawn336
Oda al Doble Otono / Ode to Two Autumns340
Oda a la Pantera Negra / Ode to a Black Pantheress346
Oda al Picaro Ofendido / Ode to an Offended Picaro350
Oda al Viejo Poeta / Ode to an Aged Poet358
Oda a la Sal / Ode to Salt366
Oda a las Tormentas de Cordoba / Ode to the Storms of Cordoba368

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