Synopses & Reviews
Neruda's most beloved poems in Spanish and W. S. Merwin's brilliant English translations
First published in 1924, Veinte poemas de amor y una canciand#243;n desesperada remains among Pablo Nerudaand#8217;s most popular work. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. Drawn from the poetand#8217;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 Garcand#237;a
- A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition packaged with French flaps
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500and#160;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theand#160;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-dateand#160;translations by award-winning translators.
A beautifully packaged collection from "the greatest poet of the 20th century--in any language" (Gabriel Garc'a Mrquez). 12 illustrations.
A deluxe edition of Frosts early poems, selected by poet David Orr for the centennial of The Road Not Taken”
For one hundred years, Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken” has enchanted and challenged readers with its deceptively simple premisea person reaches a fork in the road, facing a choice full of doubt and possibility. The Road Not Taken and Other Poems presents Frosts best-loved poem along with other works from his brilliant early years, including such poems as After Apple-Picking,” The Oven Bird,” and Mending Wall.” Award-winning poet and critic David Orrs introduction discusses why Frost remains so central (if often misunderstood) in American culture and how the beautiful intricacy of his poetry keeps inviting generation after generation to search for meaning in his work.
About the Author
Neftali Ricardo Reyes
, whose pseudonym was to be Pablo Neruda, was born in Parral, Chile, in 1904. He grew up in the pioneer town of Temuco, briefly encountering Gabriela Mistral, who taught there for a time. In 1920 he went to Santiago to study, and the following year published his first collection of poetry, La Cancion de la Fiesta
. A second collection, Crepusculario
, brought him critical recognition; and in 1924 the hugely successful Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada
appeared. From 1927 to 1943, Neruda lived abroad, serving as a diplomat in Rangoon, Colombo, Batavia, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Mexico City. This is the period that saw the publication of the first two volumes of his celebrated Residencia en la Tierra
. He joined the Communist Party of Chile after World War II, was prosecuted as a subversive, and began an exile that took him to Russia, Eastern Europe, and China. Already the most renowned Latin American poet of his time, he returned to Chile in 1952. He died there in 1973, having just seen the fourth edition of his Obras Completas
through the press. In receiving the Nobel Prize in 1971, he had said that the poet must achieve a balance "between solitude and solidarity, between feeling and action, between the intimacy of one's self, the intimacy of mankind, and the relevation of nature."
W.S. Merwin has published many highly regarded books of poems, for which he has received a number of distinguished awardsand#151;the Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Award, Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets and the Governor's Award for Literature of the state of Hawaii among them. He has translated widely from many languages, and his versions of classics such as The Poem of the Cid and The Song of Roland are standards.
Cristina Garcandiacute;a 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
Suggestions for Further Reading