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The Poetry of Pablo Neruda [Paperback]

Pablo Neruda , Ilan Stavans , Firuz Kazemzadeh
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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; Reprint edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374529604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374529604
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 4.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The poet closer to blood than ink 3 Aug 2012
"I have always wanted to the hands of the people to be seen in poetry". (Pablo Neruda). If ever I had to acknowledge a profound influence on my development as a poet it was Pablo Neruda. As a sixteen year old who burned to write my influences were of the early seventies Lorca, Ginsberg, and Kerouac. The imagery of Lorca in particular, all silver moons, knife blades and held kissed lips suited the gypsy of my soul. But it was the discovery of Pablo Neruda that sent my heart and blood soaring with the power of what words could do. "Twenty Love Poems and a Poem of Despair"- a slim volume with "Body of Woman". "Body of skin, of moss, of avid, steady milk. Ah the goblets of the breasts! Ah the eyes of absence! Ah the rose of the pubis! Ah your voice slow and sad!" And I was hooked, sunk, lined and set about finding as much of Mr Neruda's work as I could. "La Palabra"- "The word was born in the blood, grew in the dark body, beating, and flew through the lips and the mouth." Sums up his rich wine of writing. Chile: Salvadore Allende's murder and the subsequent death of Pablo Neruda in 1973 shook my part in the world. When I deeply came to understand that it was not enough to ask for or work for justice, it like human beings, was easily crushed. This is a good volume. There are some bi-lingual poems and it is good to read the original in Spanish as Pablo Neruda wrote to read and communicate. If you have a bit of Spanish it helps but not understanding is ok if you can get a sense of the richness of the words and language. A collossus of a poet and a good selection of his verse.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity. Una lastima. 22 Jun 2007
By sylviaplath79 - Published on Amazon.com
I was very excited for this book, hoping to fill in gaps of my Neruda collection. but after reading it I was frustrated and disappointed, not only in the quality of many of the translations and the lack of the Spanish there next to the English, but I feel the editor left out many important poems while putting in a lot of Neruda's weaker work. It was clunky. I found a review in the New York Book Review on the web by the poet Charles Simic which explains my thoughts perfectly:

"As one would expect from an undertaking aiming to be so comprehensive in scope, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda is an uneven book. There are first-rate translations by John Felstiner, Margaret Sayers Peden, Jack Schmitt, Greg Simon, Alastair Reid and a dozen others alongside many mediocre ones. I'm not competent to judge the accuracy of individual translations, but I can compare their quality as poems since there are previous renderings of the same poems which seem to me far superior to the ones we have here. For instance, neither of the two versions of "Walking Around" in this book are as good as the one I quoted by H.R. Hays, or the one W.S. Merwin did years ago. As their worst, the translations do not convey the stylistic range and verbal integunity of the original, making Neruda sound instead like a Chilean Carl Sandburg.

The choice of poems is also at times debatable. In order to make the book representative of all of Neruda's work, Stavans has left out some well-known poems and included plenty of questionable ones..."

A missed opportunity. Una lastima.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neruda's poems IN ENGLISH 9 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
While a beautiful anthology, I was very disappointed to find that it is not a complete bilingual edition. There is a sampling of *some* of the original poems in Spanish, but if you are looking for a side-by-side reading this is not it. In all fairness, Ilan Stavans presents a formidable compilation of Neruda's poems, and several translations of one poem are included for comparison (demonstrating the art of translation), but if you are looking for Neruda's poems in the original Spanish look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will fall in love with the Chilean poet 25 Nov 2003
By Javier Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
I had never read Pablo Neruda's poetry before until my girlfriend gave me this book for my birthday. I loved it! The early romantic poems are amazing. I also loved the way the Chilean poet wrote about his own country and about poverty and repression in Latin America. The reader gets a sense of history through an artistic viewpoint. There are plenty of poems in this excellent collection and the translations are really good. I think the editor did a great job. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A massive selection of poems, but it has its problems 8 Jun 2009
By Dallas Fawson - Published on Amazon.com
I was incredibly excited to get a hardcover of this at a thrift store, in nearly brand new condition, for fifty cents. Why someone threw it away I have no idea.
And while it's a large selection and for the most part is very good, it has some issues, first and foremost, inconsistency in translations. Since the book has dozens of translators throughout, it's going to be hit and miss. Fortunately, it's mostly hit, but I was sad to see that "Ode to Enchanted Light," one of my favorite Neruda poems, was butchered in the translation. There are a few other duds throughout, translators who knew nothing of Neruda or his flow.
Some people have complained that it isn't side by side bilingual, but this isn't too much of a problem for me. While it would be nice, it would also cause the book to be over 2,000 pages, and it's already huge.
My final thought is that while it's not perfect, it's a good book. I certainly wouldn't pay $40 for it (the hardback cover price), but buying a paperback or a used hardback would be a good move for lovers of Neruda.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, great condition 25 Jan 2013
By Monica California - Published on Amazon.com
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beautiful, large collection of poems for a reasonable price. very very happy with my purchase, I love Pablo Neruda and this is a fantastic collection.
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