Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

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Drawn from the most intimate and personal associations, Pablo Neruda's most beloved collection of poetry juxtaposes the exuberance of youthful passion with the desolation of grief, the sensuality of the body with the metaphorical nuances of nature. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W. S. Merwin's masterly translation faces the original Spanish text. This edition also features an insightful Introduction by Cristina Garcia. More than eighty years after its publication, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world.

Title:Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0143039962
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:70 pages

    Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Reviews

  • Danny
    Mar 14, 2008

    Tonight I Can Write Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example, "The night is starry and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance." The night wind revolves in the sky and sings. To...

  • Richard
    Jun 24, 2011

    3 THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK1. I went to Pablo Neruda's house once. Well, I went to one of his houses. He had three of them. I was teaching English in Santiago, Chile at the time. I went to Neruda's house...

  • vie
    Aug 08, 2007

    I do not love you except because I love you;I go from loving to not loving you,From waiting to not waiting for youMy heart moves from cold to fire.I love you only because it's you the one I love;I hat...

  • Seemita
    Dec 21, 2016

    Tempting as it may appear to wrap the poetic pearls from this collection of Neruda’s heartbeats into a warm shawl of erotic wool, do resist it and pause. These loquacious verses that assemble at the...

  • Steven  Godin
    Mar 25, 2017

    Sensual poetic beauty, with a lingering sadness, this collection of poems written when Chilean Neruda was only 19 is a remarkable feat, but was not received well for the intense and sexual content, th...

  • Jibran
    Dec 30, 2014

    [Note on edit: This is not a review. These are peals of pleasure of a man drunk on Neruda wine, blurting out extempore, when he finished reading this poetry collection]Pablo Neruda – the name evokes...

  • sweet jane
    Sep 04, 2016

    Μ' αρέσεις άμα σωπαίνεις, επειδή στέκεις εκεί σαν απουσία.Μακρινή κι απαρηγόρητη, σα να σε σκέπασε το χώμα.Μι...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Sep 10, 2016

    One of the most beautiful collection of love poems ever (and followed by one which will bring tears to your eyes), Neruda is clearly a master of language and feeling and I always derive comfort from e...

  • Traveller
    Feb 14, 2015

    I adore Neruda's poetry. The only reason that I am giving 4 stars and not 5, is because the "woman as a doll" imagery that he seems fond of using put me off every time I came across it......

  • Hirdesh
    Apr 13, 2017

    "Speechless, my friend, alone in the loneliness of this hour of the dead and filled with the lives of fire, pure heir of the ruined day. "It was glorious one ! ! ! As I had seen recently in some frie...

About Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a "practical" occupation. Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be fro