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Love Poems (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – January 17, 2008
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It is difficult to find an analogue for the sustained passion and gentleness communicated in this absolutely stunning apotheosis of the poetry of sexual love....Matilde Urrutia deserves to enter history in the company of Petrarch s Laura and Dante s Beatrice.(Library Journal) "
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I returned this book to Amazon after I found out what was underneath the false cover.
New Directions says in this book that"in later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize winner's oeuvre" In later editions? Neruda didn't write more than one edition, and ND again plays tricks saying that it "collects Neruda's most passionate verses." It collects some of them, but with The Captain's Verses there's a bunch of mediocre poems.Read more ›
my heart broke loose on the wind."
I do not know much about Pablo Neruda's politics but I do know he wrote some of the best love poems I've ever read. Only two of the poems in this book border on the erotic. I'd even say one of the poems borders on horror. The mermaid poem is sad but a total fantasy. Pablo Neruda was a hopeless romantic so in this book 6 out of 10 poems are love poems. I like that they included the poem with this line: "Love is short, forgetting is so long." This book also contains a very long poem about fisherman and the sea. It seems to speak of a concern for humanity's well being. So there are only 10 poems in this very small book. Also the cover on my book is much different than what is shown. It is actually a better cover.
~The Rebecca Review
This is my first experience of Pablo Neruda, and I'm an instant fan. Normally my taste runs more to prose than to poetry. But I love the quirky quality of the poet's mind. He writes a poem to his lover's feet, for example. Everything he writes is unexpected. There are none of the usual love cliches, no gushing. Neruda's emotions are wonderfully idiosyncratic, somehow unsentimental and quite exhilarating.
Some of the poems are short and very accessible. Others are longer, bordering on surreal, full of bizarre imagery. All are as passionate as you'd expect from a Latin lover. The translation seems excellent to me, in both word choice and feeling very close to the original.
What a great selection of powerful, focused work. Neruda writes really beautiful, intimate poetry and you will enjoy this little book.
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What can one say about Pablo ...but a poem of his, a glass of wine and you are assured to have the woman of your dreams swooning in your arms. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this poet and his earthy, sexy poetry speaks to me. Poems are in English and in SpanishPublished 1 month ago by kimberly ussery
Pablo's insights are rare and valued to those who parallel true love itself and were not written to illustrate fictional action on the behalf of the casual reader.Published 5 months ago by Larry
You will fall in live with poetry when you read these poems. Have your significant other read these to you and fall in love again.Published 7 months ago by Janet Kateusz