16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 1999
Neruda delivers an uninhibited glimse at human emotions and panges of life in this collection of poems. Neruda jars the soul by explaining in simple verse, how tragic life can be. The reflections and odes collected in this work are a superb display of the skill Neruda has. Residence on Earth is a compilation of poetry from a mature poet who willfully takes risks, and carries through with beautiful prose. Nerudas candid emotional stylizations convince one of the feeling of being consumed by the poetry itself. Neruda is boundless in structure. The easy style allow for the reader to atempt to understand the abundant imagery and symbolism contained traditionally within Nerudas works. One must read this compilation, as one would consume a fine port wine, or richly decadent chocolate-with trepidation. Time to reflect and savor the splendor of this poet is most definately required.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2012
I belong to a poetry group which meets monthly and recently one of our members suggested to explore Pablo Neruda. I had never heard of him and quickly purchased Residence on Earth. His poetry is amazing and I feel ashamed not to have heard of him. If you enjoy poetry, then do try him. The poetry in Residence on Earth was written in 1933 and his melancholy and loneliness shines through. Neruda is heralded as Chile's greatest poet and won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971.
The left hand side of the page is in Spanish whilst the right in English - translated by Donald Walsh. Try and find someone to read the poem in Spanish to get the rhythm whilst you read the translation.
Neruda is indeed a master of his craft.