Extravagaria: A Bilingual Edition (Spanish) Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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"A smart little book that one can happily welcome into the family and allow to start growing old." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "The New York Times"
A smart little book that one can happily welcome into the family and allow to start growing old. "Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times""
"A smart little book that one can happily welcome into the family and allow to start growing old." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
About the Author
Pablo Neruda (1904-73), one of the renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.
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There are poems of beautiful simplicity:
I copy out mountains, rivers, clouds. / I take my pen from my pocket. I note down / a bird in its rising / or a spider in its little silkworks. / Nothing else crosses my mind. I am air, / clear air, where the wheat is waving, / where a bird's flight moves me, the uncertain / fall of a leaf, the globular / eye of a fish unmoving in the lake, / the statues sailing in the clouds, / the intricate variations of the rain.
And poems of surreal poignancy:
The child's foot is not yet aware it's a foot, / and would like to be a butterfly or an apple.
But in time, stones and bits of glass, / streets, ladders, / and the paths in the rough earth / go on teaching the foot that it cannot fly, / cannot be fruit bulging on the branch. / Then, the child's foot / is defeated, falls / in the battle, / is a prisoner / condemned to live in a shoe.
Bit by bit, in that dark, / it grows to know the world in its own way, / out of touch with its fellow, enclosed, / feeling out life like a blind man.
[from To the foot from its child]
There are poems for every mood, poems of politics, humourous poems, poems of despair, poems of passion and love and joy.
The book is enlivened throughout by a delicacy of touch, by constant surprises as Neruda looks below the skin of ordinary reality to find deep and breathtaking insights and images. No review can do it justice - get hold of a copy!
This poetry book is all I expected and more! Pablo Neruda doesn't need a rating, it's obvious a book of his poetry is perfect! These poems are beautiful and the translations are clear and helpful too. This book is a fantastic aid for me in practicing my Spanish while also enjoying my other love, that of poetry.
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Extravagaria is the first of his books of poems that I have read (having only read some selected poems of his before) - to read the poems as they were meant to be read in this collection is a delight.. I only wish I could read them in Spanish - I guess I will have to hit the books...
The spanish on the facing page lets one glimpse at hidden meanings, reaching back for our Spanish 101 or Elementary Latin, a treat. If you buy one poetry book this year, this should be the one. If you are silver haired, as I, then this is the poetry of the decade for you.
Neruda's poems. A wonderful introduction to this great poet.