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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (June 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374513511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374513511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition of the Nobel prize winner's 1962 volume presents the 36 poems in both Spanish and English.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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". . . Pablo Neruda will be with us in the perilous conquest of our future." --Carlos Fuentes, The New York Times Book Review

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Pablo Neruda is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, his breadth of vision and wide range of themes are extraordinary, and his work continues to inspire new generations of writers.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Schaefer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This bilingual collection of Nerudas poetry is an outstanding selection. Neruda is the great one of Latin American poetry. New Directions has for years provided us with quality bilingual collections of great world poets. Plenos Poderes (Fully Empowered) is another classic. Neruda continuously made impassioned pleas for his people. He was a great lover of his land and his people. He was a true revolutionary poet in the vein of Lorca. This collection was published in 1962 (nine years before he was justly awarded the Nobel Prize.) Here Neruda states his mission in a poem like The Poets Obligation: He will give voice to those who have no voice. He will speak for the downtrodden. The imagery of the sea is scintillating. The poem Fully Empowered also backs this stand. But amid the political stuff there are some beautiful lyric poems as well. To Sorrow is a gorgeous poem. Short pieces like It is Born reflect a deeply sensitive poet. This is classic Neruda. Viva Pablo Neruda!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on July 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Fully Empowered" is an outstanding volume of poetry by Pablo Neruda of Chile. The book has been translated into English by Alastair Reid, and is presented in a bilingual format, with the Spanish originals and English versions on facing pages.
Overall, I found Neruda's voice in this book to echo that of United States poet Walt Whitman (who could be seen as one of Neruda's 19th century poetic "ancestors"). Neruda's attentive poetic eye looks at both humanity and nature with reverence and compassion. His voice is often very tender. Like Whitman did in his work, Neruda often writes in the first person in this book.
Some of the most memorable selections in this book include "To Don Asterio Alarcon, Clocksmith of Valparaiso," in which Neruda finds dignity and transcendence in the work of the title figure; "Thistle," in which he celebrates "the blue thistle of Chile"; and "The People," a passionate tribute to all the working people of the world.
In "Summary," Neruda writes, ". . . my life was always / singing its way between joy and obligation." "Fully Empowered" marvelously embodies both Neruda's sense of moral duty and the joy that proceeds from his life's work.
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By Plywoodpicasso on May 23, 2012
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Neruda is one of my favorite poets and Reed provides the very best translation possible. This is my third copy of this book because I keep giving them away to people who need to read it.
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Format: Hardcover
I am in love with Pablo Neruda and my Spanish is improving. The copy was a represented and I am pleased.
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