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Twenty Love Poems and Songs (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Pablo Neruda
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25 Feb 1993 Picture Puffin
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.

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  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (25 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140186484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140186482
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,727,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars good translation 2 Feb 2010
Very good translation, but low quality paper. It's a pocket edition.
Exist other edition with Picasso's ilustrations, but I didn't find.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty love poems 9 Jun 2011
By Fior
Indeed this is a lovely book from a wonderful poet, however I would not suggest this is a good one for wedding readings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars desire and longing 7 Jun 2002
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
I am a newcomer to the poetry of Pablo Neruda. "Twenty Poems and a Song of Despair" is simply one of the best volumes of poetry I have ever read. What a vast horizon opened up to me when I picked up this book! Rarely have I encountered a poet that so palpably evokes longing. Few other poets have Neruda's ability to weave images. These poems burrow into the heart.
My Spanish is not what it should be, but I was able to read most of the poetry here in the original. For those who know no Spanish, do not be deterred. This volume is the work of not just one but two masterful poets. Merwin's translations are amazing and wholly recommendable. Striking images and a yearning spirit fill the English translations as well as Neruda's originals.
I was also caught off guard by poem XVI. I was reading along, thinking how I had not read poetry this full of longing and desire since I last read Tagore's "Gitanjali" ..., when lo and behold, Poem XVI is a Spanish paraphrase of a Tagore poem...small world.
Neruda's poems are of filled with a powerful Eros. Yet, to me, they fall a little short in comparison to those of Tagore (whose love is a spiritual longing). However, the comparison is clearly between two giants of the art.
I give "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair" a strong recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, wrenching poetry 30 July 2004
By G. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful gift for a lover. Perfect Valentine's Day gift or some other romantic moment. Draw a bath for them, light a candle, pour some wine, and sit and read them some of these often torrid poems. You will thank me later! MUCH later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite writers 15 Aug 2006
By Cherilyn Ferroggiaro - Published on Amazon.com
In this duel language edition, the voice is soft, sincere, and refreshing. His language borders on a passion that seems to rouse the senses like skydiving, or waiting for first rain. I recommend this book and all his books to the poetry reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent & beautiful 26 July 2004
By Melanie Cook - Published on Amazon.com
His first book may well be his very best. I believe he was only 19 when he wrote these poems. Each one is more moving than the last. Body of a Woman is amazing. Anyone who deems their self a true romantic must own this book...read it aloud to someone you love...or to someone you want to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most romantic book of love poems ever written 6 April 2006
By F. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
perhaps this is the most romantic and most beautiful book of love poems ever written. every word, every stanza is so easily read, so quickly understood, like an arrow to the heard. give this gift to your lover and they will never forget it.
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