*Starred Review* The great Chilean poet Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize in 1971, two years before his death at age 69, acknowledged the twofold path of his poetry when he wrote, "I have a pact of love with beauty: / I have a pact of blood with my people." The earth's glory was the portal to truth for Neruda, and his nature poems are as ravishing in the splendor of their brilliant metaphors and the eroticism of their luscious detail as his renowned love poems. The poet's deep compassion for humankind, ardor for history, and attention to politics also inspired him to write incisively of conquistadors and tyrants, war and corporate imperialism. Passionate and prolific, Neruda himself was a force of nature, filling 35 books with poetry remarkable for its "simplicity, honesty, and conviction." Critic Ilan Stavans has created the first comprehensive English-language survey of Neruda's legendary oeuvre, judiciously selecting and expertly discussing 600 poems to create a genuinely invaluable and deeply pleasurable volume. Major works are presented in the original Spanish in this literary landmark, and the adept translators include such outstanding poets as Martin Espada, Jane Hirshfield, W. S. Merwin, and Mark Strand. Donna Seaman
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Not since Whitman has a poet of genius embraced a whole continent, as Neruda has his, or spoken so directly to the nonpoets among his readers. (Selden Rodman)
Ambitious . . . Meticulously edited . . . Stavans deserves high praise for the volume he has assembled. (John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle)
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda advertises itself as 'the most comprehensive single volume available in English'--and it certainly is. (Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books)
The greatest poet of the twentieth century--in any language. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
[This book provides] an opportunity to reflect on the poet's achievement and his canonical position. (Christopher Winks, The Harvard Review)
If, as Stavans believes, 30 years after his death the time is right for a reappraisal of Neruda, then this volume is just what's needed to jump-start the process. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)
Critic Ilan Stavans has created the first comprehensive English-language survey of Neruda's legendary oeuvre, judiciously selecting and expertly discussing 600 poems to create a genuinely invaluable and deeply pleasurable volume. (Booklist)
Pablo Neruda is great. I love all of his work. This collection is a smaller collection than some of my other books of his work but my favorites are all included. Read morePublished 21 days ago by J&L.Wheeler
Brilliant poet and thats from a non-fan of most poetry! who never buys it, but this is special.Published 5 months ago by robert stallard
It wasn't tooootally perfect, but it WAS in pretty good shape, no markings or damage or tattered-ness or anything.Published 5 months ago by Courtney
its pablo neruda with spanish and english translation what more do you need?Published 10 months ago by Jane Smith
It's Neruda...Do I really need to elaborate? Easily one of the greatest love poets ever. Well, at least to me...Published 14 months ago by MusicMusicMusic
this is such a great collection of the legendary poet from chile.
if you don't own any, then buy this to start you off.