Pablo Neruda: Five Decades, a Selection (poems, 1925-1970)

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Grove Press, Jan 1, 1974 - Poetry - 431 pages
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The selection of poems included here follows a criterion of strict quality. It responds exactly to the title: Neruda's best poems, the most powerful, most intense, and overwhelming, the ones that are full of meaning with experience and language, without any regards for their origins, time frame, or circumstances: only the splendor of its beauty. This is a feast of good poetry as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Neruda's birth this July.

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Contents

Caballo de los sueños Dream Horse
2
Arte poética Ars Poética
8
19311935
28
sonata Theres No Forgetting Sonata 4445
44
Algunas bestias Some Beasts 6263
62
Oda a la alcachofa Artichoke
108
Nuevas odas elementales Further Elemental Odes 1956
114
Tercer libro de las odas Third Book of Odes 1957
124
Oda a las cosas rotas Things Breaking
156
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About the author (1974)

Pablo Neruda was born Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in Ferral, Chile on July 12, 1904. In 1923 he sold all of his possessions to finance the publication of his first book, Crepusculario (Twilight), which he published under the pseudonym Pablo Neruda. Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair), which was published the following year, made him a celebrity and allowed him to stop his studies to devote himself to poetry. His other works include España en el Corazón, Canto General, Las Uvas y el Viento, and Para Nacer He Nacido. He received numerous awards including the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, the Lenin Peace Prize and the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953, and the Nobel Prize for Literature for his poetry in 1971. He died of leukemia on September 23, 1973.

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