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He grew up in the pioneer town of Temuco where he met Gabriela Mistral. In he went to Santiago to study and began to publish his poetry. In the hugely successful Veinte poemas de amor y una canci6n desesperada appeared. Already the most renowned Latin American poet of his time, he re turned to Chile in In accepting the Nobel Prize in , he said that the poet must achieve a balance "between solitude and soli darity, between feeling and action, between intimacy of one's self, the intimacy of mankind, and the revelation of nature.

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Your support of the author's nghts is appreciated. Introduction Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs You look like a world, lying in surrender. My rough peasant's body digs in you and makes the son leap from the depth of the earth.

From "Body of a Woman" From the opening lines of this stunning collection by the twenty-year-old Pablo Neruda, it is immediately obvious that we're in the hands of a nascent master, of someone who can lead us, confidently, lyrically, from darkness into the sweet realm of the senses.

That this poem, "Body of a Woman," along with twenty others, was published in when the world was still recovering from the ravages of the first truly global war-is all the more remarkable.

That this collection was instantly, rapturously received signaled that the public, after being "alone in the loneliness of this hour of the dead," was hungry for a more personal, more intimate art, that they yearned for an endorsement of the individual and his strug gles, loves, and losses. In Pablo Neruda, they found their poet. Neruda arrived at the age of sixteen to the capital city of Santiago to study French literature after a childhood spent largely in Temuco, a densely forested region in the south of Chile, with his railroad worker father and his loving step-.

He'd read wi dely and indiscriminately as a boy: the adventurous tales of Jules Verne, the sentimental novels of Victor Hugo, the pirate stories of Emilio Salgari, the ex perimentations of the French symbolist poets. As a teenager, he'd tried his hand at translating Baudelaire and tackled Don Quixote.

Neruda's family, especially his father, was opposed to his. In fact, he changed his given name, Ricardo Eliecer Neftalf Reyes, to Pablo Neruda after the Czech his torical novelist Jan Neruda in part to avoi d his father's dis approval.

But the young Neruda could not be dissuaded from, as he put it, "hunting poems. What emerged in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Neruda's second collection, is the voice of a poet who trusts his senses, his curiosity, and his direct and open experience of life. These are not abstract poems aimed at idealizing beauty or love, but the messy, scented perceptions of lived loves-and lusts.

Neruda needed to look no further than his. His poems are populated not by distant Greek goddesses but by the lovely, earthy Chilean women who enraptured him and the solitude that frequently engulfed him.

His work is more intuitive than intellectual and his images are firmly rooted in the severe beauty of his native soil. He connects the erotic with telluric forces and the organic cy cles of nature. A lover becomes an "earth-shell , in whom the earth sings.

For all their formal beauty, there is an improvised, impulsive feel to these poems, as if they were written in the dank aftermath of passion. Transformed by memory, regrets, and above all, by his exquisite sensibility, Neruda writes from the nuanced points of view of his tongue and his fingertips, his nostrils, his eyes, his ears. My words rained over you, stroking you. A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.

I go so far as to think that you own the universe. I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. Neruda trusts and celebrate his senses and inextricably links his experiences, quite specifically, to the natural world he loves: to the damp forests of southern Chile; to the thick, gnarled roots of the pines deeply penetrating the earth; to the lonely rains that occluded the sun and cast the world through its fine veils; to the roiling rivers and seas that brought renewal and hope and, sometimes, destruction.

For Neruda, this tightly woven web of nature symbolism became a grid through which he could begin to make sense of his life, to explore both the spiritual and physical worlds. For him, it was all one continuous geography. But you, cloudless girl, question of smoke, corn tassel. You were what the wind was making with illuminated leaves. Behind the nocturnal mountains, white lily of conflagration, ah, I can say nothing! You were made of everything.

He finds the glorious in the ordinary, transforming it, simply and forcefully, with his lyric genius. His preoccupa tion with recurring personal symbols is already in evidence. They will forever suffuse his po etic landscape.

In Neruda's native Chile, the post-war period was marked by growing political ferment as the old, laissez-faire policy of the Parliamentary Republic slowly gave way to a new constitution that not only helped erode the power of the Catholic Church but also spurred a wave of social reforms that guaranteed civil rights and social justice and established democratic-like precedents. Chileans were ready for change. They wanted their voices to be heard directly, not interpreted by others distant to their experi ences.

Neruda's poems spoke to this public desperate for acknowledgment. Traditionally, many Chileans of the elite and upper middle classes viewed themselves as European in outlook and turned to Europe, particularly France, as a guide to cultural innovation. A homegrown talent such as Neruda stirred their national pride. He spoke to them of their mountains and trees, of their rivers and nocturnal flowers, of their dreams and "the hard cold hour which the night fastens to all time tables.

Reading Neruda, they could XI. After the publi cation of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Neruda grew famous well beyond his circle of bohemian friends in Santi ago and the Chilean government rewarded him with the first of his many diplomatic postings. Mistral, who knew Neruda as a schoolboy, wrote her first book of love poems in , a collection that apparently had its origins in a romance with a railway employee who committed suicide. Her other early collections, which emphasized the intensity of human emo tion, included Desolaci6n and Ternura and are considered to be more hermetically personal than Neruda's poetry.

Huidobro, on the other hand, was much more con cerned with matters of the literary avant- garde and sought to use modern French techniques in his poetry. While admired, Huidobro's work didn't inspire in Chileans the love and close i dentification that Neruda's poems did. In the world beyond Chile, post-war disillusionment and cynicism colored the collective outlook of a generation of young Europeans and Americans, one in which moral expec tations were dramatically changed and the allegiances to ex isting social structures government, church, moral leaders were compromised, if not discarded.

This tendency toward alienation and social dislocation was amplified by artists who pronounced the death of a discredited culture and sought.

No more the "sleek self-satisfaction: solid, comfortable, yet decked with a faintly ironic, knowing mock-tudoring," as one critic described the Edwardian architecture of the pre World War I years. Though Victorian England and Europe had been charac terized by optimism, security, and self-assuredness, within a few years Freud who argued for the unconscious , Einstein who in argued for relativity , and Heisenberg who argued for uncertainty in unseated the categorical assumptions of the nineteenth century as delivered by Dar wi n's theory of evolution, Pasteur's discovery of germs, the worldwide elimination of slavery, the absence of major global conflicts for several decades, and the stranglehold of rel igious authority.

Adding further to the sense of a general breaking down of formal structures was the advent of mass culture duri ng the s through the "talkies" and the i ntro duction of radio and records. Several artistic and literary movements emerged that re fleeted the social and philosophical crises of the times : cubism, futurism, Dadaism, ultraism, creationism, modernism, and, in the same year that Neruda published Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, the explosion of surrealism.

In one way or an. Of these various movements, the most influential and long-standing was modernism although in the Spanish lan guage, modernismo is generally acknowledged to have begun with the publication of Ruben Darfo's Azul in 1 88 8 and ended with the Nicaraguan poet's death in t 9 t 6. Modernism flour ished as it hailed the fragmentation of daily life and the emphasis on the individual's usually disaffected experience. As once-coherent social institutions crumbled into insignifi cance, what was left to relay but individual experience?

Neruda aligned himself most closely with other Latin American writers of his time-to the Mexican poet Ramon Lopez Velarde La sangre devota, 1 9 t 6 and the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo Los heraldos negros, 1 9 1 8 -who were embrac ing a radical departure from their literary inheritances to an as-yet uncharted world borne distinctly in and of the Amer icas.

Years later, Neruda wrote of wanting to create a poetry "corroded as if by an acid, by the toil of the hand, impreg nated with sweat and smoke, smelling of urine and lilies. His poetry. My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose. I love what I do not have. You are so far. My loathing wrestles with the slow twilights.

But night comes and starts to sing to me. The moon turns its clockwork dream. The biggest stars look at me with your eyes. And as I love you, the pines in the wind want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.

Writers from other cultural traditions and literary genres were exploring the notions of unstable and indefinite identities, and that of the individual's attempt to grapple with the sudden complexities of a new world order. In short, the period following the end of World War I was not just marked by the conclusion of the war to end all wars, but also by a profound shift in the logistics of the world, from the collapse of the old system of European civilization over six hundred years of the Austro -Hungarian Empire to the shaky alliances that emerged after the war, from a Tsarist Russia to a Bolshevik one, from an isolationist America to a relatively more i nternationalist one.

I n 1 , Gandhi fasted for independence, Stalin succeeded Lenin, and Andre Breton wrote the first surrealist manifesto. When the great Spanish poet Federico Garda Lorca introduced Neruda to his con temporaries in Madrid a few years later, he described the Chilean as "a poet closer to death than to philosophy, a poet closer to pain than to intellect, closer to blood than to ink.

It would seem incomplete and somewhat dishonest of me to discuss Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair without com menting on the very personal impact this work has had on my life and the lives of so many of my friends. This volume was one of the first to open my eyes and sensibility to the possibility of poetry.

I first read it in my late twenties along side Federico Garda Lorca and Wallace Stevens when I was still a journalist and trying to figure out the nature of my dis content. Not only did these poems deeply resonate with me, but they galvanized me, fi nally, into starting to write mysel f. They stirred me body and soul. With their gorgeous sweep and intimacy, their sensual ity and rhapsody, and their "secret revelations of nature," Neruda's poems also made me want to reclaim Spanish, the language of my childhood, after a long, sad silence.

It is not an exaggeration to say that they helped me to discover who I was and what I was meant to do. How I sang these poems aloud, again and again, in Spanish and in English, for the pure joy of hearing them on my tongue, for the imagery they conjured up and the longings they roused. The morning is full of storm in the heart of summer. The clouds travel like white handkerchiefs of good-bye, the wind, traveling, waving them in its hands.

The numberless heart of the wind beating above our loving silence. Orchestral and divine, resounding among the trees like a language full of wars and songs. Each time I return to them, they give me some thing new, revitalize my perspective, and refresh and restore my senses and my sometimes-weary heart. Whether whispering or shouting them exultantly, the po ems in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair encourage me to look closely at my own world for its small miracles and the persistence of love.

They speak to me from the heart, as i f for the very first time. They remind me that renewal and change are possible, cycling through life like so many seasons, in evitable and surprising at once.


Look Inside. Now in a black-spine Classics edition with an introduction by Cristina Garcia, this book stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. This edition features the newly corrected original Spanish text, with masterly English translations by award-winning poet W. Merwin on facing pages.

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Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. 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.

Neruda wrote in a variety of styles such as erotically charged love poems as in his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, surrealist poems.

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