Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

Pablo Neruda
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Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda.

Neruda wrote in a variety of styles such as erotically charged love poems as in his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, surrealist poems, historical epics, and overtly political manifestos. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." Neruda always wrote in green ink as it was his personal color of hope.

On July 15, 1945, at Pacaembu Stadium in São ... more »

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  • ''A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.''
    Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet. Memoirs, ch. 11 (1974, trans. 1977).
  • “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is ...
    100 Love Sonnets
  • ''“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ''
    Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
  • ''“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” ''
    Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems
  • ''“Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, youll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” ''
    ― Pablo Neruda
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  • Otteri Selvakumar Otteri Selvakumar (6/26/2016 1:20:00 PM)

    Wonderful poet writing wonder poems

  • Soul Watcher Soul Watcher (6/23/2016 2:34:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda.

  • Soul Watcher Soul Watcher (6/22/2016 10:48:00 AM)

    I like this poet, never get bored of reading his poems

  • Md. Anisur Rahman Md. Anisur Rahman (5/5/2016 1:56:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda is a great poet in the world.

  • Shashikant Nishant Sharma Shashikant Nishant Sharma (4/15/2016 10:18:00 PM)

    This is really an inspiring poem. I really appreciate it. Good work. Short and witty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Poop Guy (3/29/2016 1:44:00 PM)

    It stinks, this poem stinks, it does not make sense, smells bad

  • Frankly Marj (3/8/2016 1:01:00 PM)

    Even better, give us the poem in its original language as well.

  • Frankly Marj (3/8/2016 12:59:00 PM)

    You need to include the translator's name in every poem written in a language other than English. For shame!

  • Deez Nuts (2/7/2016 2:16:00 PM)

    how many people read poetry just to read poetry? honestly its not very entertaining

  • Deez Nuts (2/7/2016 2:14:00 PM)

    me no like poetry me like musik

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Best Poem of Pablo Neruda

Leaning Into The Afternoons

Leaning into the afternoons I cast my sad nets
towards your oceanic eyes.

There in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames,
its arms turning like a drowning man's.

I send out red signals across your absent eyes
that smell like the sea or the beach by a lighthouse.

You keep only darkness, my distant female,
from your regard sometimes the coast of dread emerges.

Leaning into the afternoons I fling my sad nets
to that sea that is thrashed by your oceanic eyes.

The birds of night peck at the first stars
that flash like my soul when I ...

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