Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (pä´blō nārōō´ŧħä), 1904–73, Chilean poet, diplomat, and Communist leader. He changed his original name, Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, so that his railroad-worker father would not discover that he was a poet. Neruda's highly personal poetry brought him enormous acclaim. After 1927 he was in consular service in East Asia, Argentina, Mexico, and Europe. A surrealist, Neruda revitalized everyday expressions and employed bold metaphors in free verse. His evocative poems are filled with grief and despair and bespeak a quest for simplicity. They celebrate the dramatic Chilean landscape and rage against the exploitation of the indigenous people. In his writings and during his political career as a leader of the Chilean Communist party (which he joined in 1945) and as a diplomat, Neruda exerted a wide influence in Latin America. His many volumes of poetry include Crepusculario [twilight book] (1919, his first book), Twenty Love Poems and One Song of Despair (1924, tr. 1969), the surrealistic Residence on Earth and Other Poems (1933, tr. 1946), Canto general (1950), Elemental Odes (1954, tr. 1961), Nuevas odas elementales [new elemental odes] (1955), A New Decade: 1958–1967 (tr. 1969), Extravagaria (1958, tr. 1974), New Poems: 1968–1970 (tr. 1972), and Toward the Splendid City (tr. 1974). Neruda was awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature during his service as Chilean ambassador to France. Neruda died in Chile during the week of the 1973 military coup.

See his Early Poems (tr. 1969), Selected Poems (tr. 1970), and The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (2003); P. Neruda, N. Parra, and M. Gottlieb, Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra Face to Face (1997).

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Pablo Neruda: Selected full-text books and articles

Neruda's Ekphrastic Experience: Mural Art and Canto General By Hugo Méndez-Ramírez Bucknell University Press, 1999
Pablo Neruda and the Construction of Past and Future Utopias in the Canto General By Mascia, Mark J Utopian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2001
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The Forged Feature: Toward a Poetics of Uncertainty: New and Selected Essays By Ben Belitt Fordham University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Memoir as Myth: The Odysseys of Pablo Neruda"
Pablo Neruda By Hirsch, Edward The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, Spring 1998
The Lion and the Eagle: Interdisciplinary Essays on German-Spanish Relations over the Centuries By Conrad Kent; Thomas K. Wolber; Cameron M. K. Hewitt Berghahn Books, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 19 "Pablo Neruda and the German Literary Exile Community"
A Poet's House of Happiness By Agosin, Marjorie; Morales. Ruth Americas (English Edition), Vol. 50, No. 1, January-February 1998
A Poet's Seafaring Fantasy By DePaul, Amy; Poirot, Luis Americas (English Edition), Vol. 43, No. 2, March-April 1991
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