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Twenty Love Poems: And a Song of Despair (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)by Pablo Neruda
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The Nobel Prize &winning poet's most popular work
When it appeared in 1924, this work launched into the international spotlight a young and unknown poet whose writings would ignite a generation. W. S. Merwin's incomparable translation faces the original Spanish text. Now in a black-spine Classics edition, this book stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world.
"This collection of poems, first published by Neruda at the age of 19 in 1924, caused something of a scandal because of its frank and intense sexuality:
I have gone marking the atlas of your body / with crosses of fire. / My mouth went across: a spider, trying to hide. / In you, behind you, timid, driven by thirst.It later became one of Neruda's best-loved works, selling two million copies by the 1960s. Why? With image after arresting image, Neruda charts the oceanic movements of passion, repeatedly summoning imagery of the sea and weather:
On all sides I see your waist of fog, / and your silence hunts down my afflicted hours; / my kisses anchor, and my moist desire nests / in you with your arms of transparent stone.....These unabashedly romantic poems, wonderfully translated by Merwin, are illustrated in this edition by the paintings of Jan Thompson Dicks with aptly Fauvist tones and iconic formality." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
'Pablo Neruda (1904 &1973) has been called by Gabriel Garca Mrquez \"the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.\" An outspoken communist, he served briefly in the Chilean congress and in 1971 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
W. S. Merwin has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize. He has translated widely from many languages.
Cristina Garca is the author of three novels, including Dreaming in Cuban, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.'
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