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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924)

by Pablo Neruda

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First published in 1924, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada remains among Neruda's most popular work. Daringly metaphorical, these poems are based upon his own private associations. Their sensuous use of nature symbolism to celebrate love and to express grief has not been surpassed in the literature of our century. This edition offers the original Spanish text, with masterly translations by W.S. Merwin on facing pages.… (more)
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This is a classic. Neruda's poems define romantic, and they are also so rich in imagery, very evocative of passion. These are the kinds of poems to read to a loved one. And they are short and easy, but pack a lot in meaning. Definitely a book worth rereading. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
En un tono lírico, este poemario del autor chileno Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), da forma al dolor producido por el desamor. Lo dimensiona, revelándolo y haciéndolo consciente en tu mente. Si has vivido la dolorosa experiencia del rechazo, el duelo afectivo, sabrás apreciar estos poemas. Resultan un bálsamo para el alma y probablemente terminarás agradeciéndolos.

Para los iniciados a la poesía de Neruda, puede tratarse de una lectura difícil. La simbología es profunda, vehemente - no da tregua - y el entendimiento se complica. Es cuestión de ser paciente y acostumbrarse al estilo nerudiano. Identificando las metáforas básicas, pronto alcanzarás la fluidez necesaria.

El estilo de Pablo Neruda es inconfundible. Escribe centrándose en todos los sentidos: mirar, oír, oler, gustar, etc. Con ello busca la descripción de una escena o sentimiento lo más natural posible para transmitir al lector esa verdad y hacerle entrar en su poema.

El libro trata temas como: el amor, la pasión, el desamor, la esperanza, tristeza, ansiedad, nostalgia, el olvido. Lo hace a través de una serie de símbolos y alegorías intensas. La mayor parte relacionadas con la naturaleza y el mar, entorno donde se desenvolvió Neruda. Habla en primera persona, dirigiéndose a la amada, acentuando la sensación de drama.

Lo maravilloso de esta obra es que puede encajar y dar vida a alguna de tus propias experiencias. Aquí está la genialidad de Neruda, con unas pocas rimas, es capaz de recrear esa relación que tanto te marcó. Desde los aspectos más terrenales, como las pasiones, hasta los más elevados, referentes al espíritu de los amantes.

Te puede ayudar como terapia de choque si estás atravesando un duelo afectivo. Sentirás consuelo al ver que se trata de una experiencia humana universal. Ánimo, no estás solo. ( )
  jesuserro | Jan 9, 2020 |
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  Alba26 | Aug 26, 2019 |
This is one of Pablo Neruda's earliest poetry collections, and probably his most famous. It was published in 1924, when he was 19 years old.

This edition contains the poems in the original Spanish, with an English translation by American poet and translator W.S. Merwin on the facing page.

Love and eroticism is described using beautiful imagery of the sky, wind and water, twilight and night.

Leaning into the afternoons I fling my sad nets
to that sea that beats on your marine eyes.

The birds of night peck at the first stars
that flash like my soul when I love you.

The night gallops on its shadowy mare
shedding blue tassels over the land.
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2 vote isabelx | Aug 23, 2019 |
MY HEART! ( )
  plumtingz | Dec 14, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pablo Nerudaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cartier-Bresson, H.Photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merwin, W. S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Millais, John EverettCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pol, Barber van deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prinsen, ErikCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Forward:  A friend of mine, a Catalan poet, has told me that he once heard Pablo Neruda read his poetry in Venezuela in the 1960's to an audience of well over six hundred people.
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First published in 1924, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada remains among Neruda's most popular work. Daringly metaphorical, these poems are based upon his own private associations. Their sensuous use of nature symbolism to celebrate love and to express grief has not been surpassed in the literature of our century. This edition offers the original Spanish text, with masterly translations by W.S. Merwin on facing pages.

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