First published in 1924, "Viente Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desperada remains among Neruda's most popular work. Daringly metaphorical, these poems are based upon his own private associations. Their sensuous use of nature symbolism to celebrate love and to express grief has not been surpassed in the literature of our century. This edition offers the original Spanish text, with masterly translations by W.S. Merwin on facing pages.
Neruda is one of the world's greatest poets and a seminal figure in every poetry movement of the Twentieth century, he also served as a diplomat for Chile and travelled extensively. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and died in 1973.