Synopses & Reviews
Established Neruda as a leading 20th-century poet when the three volumes were published over a fourteen year period: in 1933, 1935, and 1947. The collection is considered by many to be the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet's finest work. In language that is lucid and clear, the poems are characterized by startling imagery and sensual earthy tones. A major literary breakthrough, these esoteric and surrealistic poems mark a major transformation from Neruda's earlier symbolist style. With this work, Neruda moves beyond conventional lyricism of personal and romantic matters, and transitions into a territory resonant with universal and collective themes.