Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda

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University of California Press, 2000 - Poetry - 375 pages
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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 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 trans-lations, while her brief introduction describes the genesis of the poems.
 

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Excellent translations of most of Neruda's best odes to the ordinary: "Ode to Tomatoes," "Ode to My Suit," "Ode to a Pair of Socks," and others. Read full review

Contents

El Hombre Invisible I The Invisible Man
6
Oda a la Alcachofa I Ode to an Artichoke
18
Oda al Átomo I Ode to the Atom
28
Oda a las Aves de Chile I Ode to the Birds of Chile
38
Oda al Caldillo de Congrio I Ode to Conger Chowder
46
Oda a la Crítica I Ode to Criticism
54
Oda al Laboratorista I Ode to a Laboratory Technician
66
Oda al Libro II I Ode to the Book II
72
Oda al Diccionario I Ode to the Dictionary
194
Oda a la Lagartija I Ode to the Lizard
210
Oda al Niño de la Liebre I Ode to a Boy with a Hare
222
Oda a Pies de Fuego I Ode to Firefoot
232
Odas de Todo el Mundo I Odes for Everyone
240
Oda a la Abeja I Ode to Bees
246
Oda al Albañil Tranquilo I Ode to the Gentle Bricklayer
254
Oda al Algarrobo Muerto I Ode to a Dead Carob Tree
266

Oda a la Madera I Ode to Wood
78
Oda a Mirar Pájaros I Ode to BirdWatching
94
Oda al Pájaro Sofré I Ode to a Saffron Finch
106
Oda al Pasado I Ode to the Past
112
Oda a un Reloj en la Noche I Ode to a Watch in the Night
120
Oda al Tercer Día I Ode to the Third
130
Oda al Tomate I Ode to Tomatoes
138
Oda al Traje I Ode to My Suit
144
Oda a la Tristeza I Ode to Sadness
148
Oda al Verano I Ode to Summer
156
Oda al Vino I Ode to Wine
162
La Casa de las Odas I The House of Odes
170
Oda al Cráneo I Ode to the Cranium
178
Oda a la Crítica II I Ode to Criticism II
184
Oda a un Gran Atún en el Mercado I Ode to a Large Tuna
277
Oda al Buque en la Botella I Ode to a Ship in a Bottle
286
Oda a la Casa Dormida I Ode to a Sleeping House
294
Oda a la Edad I Ode to Age
302
Oda a la Jardinera I Ode to a Woman Gardening
314
Oda al Libra de Estampas I Ode to a Stamp Album
318
Oda al Linton I Ode to the Lemon
324
Oda al Maiz I Ode to Maize
332
Oda al Doble Otono I Ode to Two Autumns
340
Oda a la Pantera Negra I Ode to a Black Pantheress
346
Oda al Viejo Poeta I Ode to an Aged Poet
358
Oda a la Sal I Ode to Salt
366
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Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was born and died in Chile, but as a member of the diplomatic corps and later as a sort of roving cultural ambassador, he lived in and visited many parts of the world. His first book of poetry was published before he was twenty, and Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, published the following year, made him famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Besides the Canto and the Elemental Odes series, the major works of his vast poetic production include Residence on Earth and Estravagario. Jack Schmitt is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at California State University, Long Beach, and translator of Raul Zurita's Anteparadise (California, 1986). Reviewing Zurita's Anteparadise, critic W. S. Merwin called Schmitt a sensitive, precise, dedicated translator (Los Angeles Times Book Review).Roberto González Echevarría is R. Seldon Rose Professor of Spanish, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Chairman of the Department of Spanish at Yale University. Margaret Sayers Peden is Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The author of Emilio Carballidoand editor of The Latin American Short Story, A Critical History, she has translated more than twenty works of fiction, drama, and poetry.

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