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Neruda: Selected Poems (English and Spanish Edition) Paperback – September 10, 1990
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So, I can understand some of the negative reviews here on Amazon, but I would also point out that not all the translators in this volume are solving the problem identically. Many of the translations are just gorgeous works of poetry, and being able to read the originals really brings out what Neruda could do with the sound of language itself.
I first read this book decades ago and recently re-purchased it. It began my lifelong love for Neruda's poetry. A couple decades later, and having read other translations, I feel it still makes a worthy volume on my poetry bookshelf, bringing moments of inescapable beauty to life.
I would like to see some of his works better represented here. The guy wrote an entire book about rocks, for example, and that ode to the natural world is under-represented. But for someone who has never experienced this amazing poet before, this volume is a pretty incredible introduction. Neruda wrote so much that it can be a daunting challenge to pick a place to begin; but this is a really good start.
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In addition to what it contains, the book itself is well made, a very good size and feel to it.
This is one of those books I carry around with me all the time. In my opinion, Neruda is the best poet to ever live, he's addicting to read and truly a voice of the people, and this is the best volume of his work.