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Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair [Paperback]

Pablo Neruda
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1 July 2004
The Chilean Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was probably the greatest and certainly the most prolific of twentieth-century Latin American poets. He brought out his first collection at the age of seventeen, and quickly developed an assured and distinctive poetic voice. His third book, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair- was published in 1924 and attracted international acclaim. It remains one of the most celebrated and admired books of erotic poetry published in the last hundred years, with over a million copies sold worldwide. Neruda was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1971.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224074415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224074414
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the greatest love poets of all time" (Christopher Hitchins Observer)

"He has the mingled richness and discipline of a string quartet" (Adam Feinstein Guardian)

"The poems today remain as urgently gorgeous as freshly picked flowers" (Carol Ann Duffy Daily Telegraph)

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One of the most celebrated and admired books of love poetry published in the last hundred years, by the Chilean Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly beautiful 17 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is truly wonderful, i have only just discovered Pablo Neruda and was amazed by the beauty of the poems. Twenty love poems is filled with touchingly intimate pieces. Neruda has the power to make the ordinary extraordinary. My particular favourites are 'I remember you as you were' and 'Tonight i can write'. I recommend this collection of poems to anyone.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heartbreaking 18 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was introduced to these poems just recently and I found them to be beautiful and heartbreaking. Reading them again brings back beautiful memories I never wish to forget. Each poem reaches inside and it's as if he thinks how you feel.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and profound selection. 12 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Each of the twenty love poems is a little gem, a tribute to the genius of a man whose work speaks with gut wrenching emotion of the joys and sorrows of love. He merges sky and earth, the subtle nuances of feeling with the rich tapesty of nature and earth's bounty. His descriptive powers and degree of comprehension are on a par or beyond those of any other modern love poet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense 23 Aug 2012
By JJ
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for a poetry lover (lover). Read it first, beautiful. Brought me to my senses. Discovered he didn't love me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Feeling 10 Jun 2011
By Blogger
Format:Paperback
Simply wonderful, even in it's translation. Paul Neruda's original is written beside which also gives you a chance to let the musical rhythm of his writing add further beauty to his poetry. I think it's a must for the true romantic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge fan of Pablo's I have 7 of his books and find his breathtaking way with words beautiful. I love poetry but am very fussy about what I like as some poetry can be boring but Pablo's is wonderful.

This book is in English and Spanish, set out so that the Spanish version of the poem is on the left hand page and the English translatiomn is on the right. (very handy if you're learning Spanish!)

You will find yourself lingering over his poetry as it creates beautiful images in your mind, it's very romantic and sensual.

With lines like "Leaning into the afternoons I cast my sad nets towards your oceanic eyes" and "The light wraps you in its mortal flame" his descriptions and his way with words is wonderful.

I highly recommend his love poetry and this is one of my favourites of his, as well as "love poems"Love Poems (New Directions Paperbook)

He has inspired some of my work to become more sensual!

Review by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, author of The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful romantic poetry book, Pablo has a way with words that gives you images in your mind and you'll forget everything else around you as you're absorbed into the dream world he has created in your mind.

It is a dual language book having each poem in English and Spanish; it only contains 21 poems but they are of the highest quality and you will be left wanting to read more of his books!

I highly recommend it and if you enjoyed this you will also like his "100 Love Sonnets" and his "Love Poems"

Another book that's writen in a sensual way but also humorous is "The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)" by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, I also recommend that, very different in that it all rhymes but if you like love poetry you'll love that too.

The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)

One Hundred Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos De Amor (Texas Pan American Series)

Love Poems (New Directions Paperbook)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensuous 21 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I discovered Pablo Neruda, courtesy of the late Robin Cook MP, a one time Government minister and outspoken member of Parliament. Neruda's raw, searching, high emotionality..spoke to me of love, longing, sensousness, sexual highs and lows. This book is a must for all lovers of passion and sensuality...creativity, art, imagination...all will be found in his writing. Savour, cry, love, enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poetry
A wonderful book of poetry. I really loved it.

Such an excellent writer>
I recommend it wholeheartedly
ten out of ten
Published 5 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Some of Neruda's best work, in both spanish and english. The only let down here is that i can't be bought in a hardbacked copy.
Published 7 months ago by Annick Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I do not see the necessity for saying any more than I have said in the title.
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Published 9 months ago by R. D. Cutts
5.0 out of 5 stars .
very good quality, perfect condition. 5/5 nothing wrong with it.
Happy with my purchase. Quick arrival.I'd recommend it to friend
Published 13 months ago by Terri-Lee Cowie
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad copy
The copy sent to me was disgraceful.

It had been used by a student and almost every page was defaced by scribble and annotations that made it herd to read the original... Read more
Published 14 months ago by anthony crawforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poetry
Valentine's gift for my husband - he loves it! Great that the poems are printed in both Spanish and English.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs R A Estrella-Pinto
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting poems
Great service very fast delivery.Book in excellent condition.
I am looking for a wedding poem and thought this might be usefull.
Published on 15 July 2010 by Kristine Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars What an aaah!!!
Pablo Neruda is a new discovery to me since I am new into poetry! And what
a discovery!! I did not discover only a man, a poet!! I discovered a Master, a god of poetry! Read more
Published on 5 April 2009 by Ahmed A. Al Ajmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Your words through Neruda's pen
I am not an avid poetry fan. But on a whim I started reading this book and couldn't stop before turning the last page. The translation is quite good. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2009 by IndianExplorer
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