Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

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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    I love if you forgot me.

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    i like too much the sonnets for love i vote 10++++++++++++

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  • Chukwuma Ndububa Chukwuma Ndububa (10/2/2017 3:59:00 PM)

    20th century's greatest in any language? ! I don't get. Was Pablo able to write in all the/most languages? In any case, much kudos to the widely acclaimed bard.

  • Biswa Ranjan Nayak Biswa Ranjan Nayak (9/23/2017 8:16:00 PM)

    ''“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” ''
    I enjoy your poem deeply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/17/2017 9:23:00 AM)

    Your poems speak more of you than we mere short sighted people can..
    Your unparalleled vision and skill of writing keeps amazing us, the lover in us is thrilled and afresh again, every time one reads a poem.

  • Erica Hollander (7/25/2017 10:33:00 AM)

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Best Poem of Pablo Neruda

If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,...

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