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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Penguin Classics)


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Publisher Comments:

First published in 1924, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada remains among Pablo Neruda’s most popular work. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. Drawn from the poet’s most intimate and personal associations, the poems combine eroticism and the natural world with the influence of expressionism and the genius of a master poet. This edition features the newly corrected original Spanish text, with masterly English translations by award-winning poet W. S. Merwin on facing pages.

  • Includes twelve sketches by Pablo Picasso
  • New introduction by Cristina García
  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition pacjaged with French flaps


A beautifully packaged collection from "the greatest poet of the 20th century--in any language" (Gabriel Garc'a Mrquez). 12 illustrations.

About the Author

Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), the most renowned Latin American poet of his time, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.

W. S. Merwin received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and his translations of classics such as The Poem of El Cid and The Song of Roland are standards.

Cristina García is the author of Dreaming in Cuban, which was nominated for a National Book Award.

Table of Contents

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Introduction

I. Body of a Woman

II. The Light Wraps You

III. Ah Vastness of Pines

IV. The Morning Is Full

V. So that You Will Hear Me

VI. I Remember You As You Were

VII. Leaning into the Afternoons

VIII. White Bee

IX. Drunk with Pines

X. We Have Lost Even

XI. Almost out of the Sky

XII. Your Breast Is Enough

XIII. I Have Gone Marking

XIV. Every Day You Play

XV. I Like for You to Be Still

XVI. In My Sky at Twilight

XVII. Thinking, Tangling Shadows

XVIII. Here I Love You

XIX. Girl Lithe and Tawny

XX. Tonight I Can Write

The Song of Despair

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Suggestions for Further Reading

Product Details

Merwin, W. S.
Garcia, Cristina
Merwin, W. S.
Garcia, Cristina
Garcia, Cristina
Neruda, Pablo
Merwin, W. S.
Picasso, Pablo
Penguin Books
New York
Caribbean & Latin American
Love poetry, Spanish
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
b/w art throughout
6.36x4.98x.34 in. .23 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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