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Saddest Poem

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I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.

Write, for instance: "The night is full of stars,
and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance."

The night wind whirls in the sky and sings.

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
On nights like this, I held her in my arms.
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Saddest Poem by Pablo Neruda is really saddest.
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Yiyan Han 11 November 2017
Your poem falls to the soul as dew to grass......
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Spock The Vegan 23 March 2017
Very sad, and also that Pablo Neruda had passed away.
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Amar Agarwala 23 February 2017
Pablo Neruda... is a wizard with words. His work carries meaning and depth, but being translated from Spanish to English, many have lost some charm and rhythm.
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Signed Lonnie 03 April 2016
Lovely...
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Suprise Soso 06 May 2014
wow..... Just wow.....
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Brian Jani 27 April 2014
Very nice layout of words
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Marco Ribeiro 07 March 2007
This is of course Poema de Amor 20 The heart of this poem is: I no longer love her, true, but perhaps I love her. Love is so short and oblivion so long. translated elsewhere: 'Love is so short, forgetting is so long' or: '..., forgetting lasts so long' The Spanish is ambiguous: 'Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido' can be glossed as both: 1. 'Love is so short, and oblivion is so long' AND 2. 'Love is so short, and forgetting takes so long.' I like the contrast this translation sets up, between love and oblivion. The consonance of these two words works very well. But this line loses sense number 2. This is a very good translation, does anyone know who did it?
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Christina Tucker 08 December 2006
Actually this is a slightly different translation of the poem 'Puedo escribir' or 'Tonight I Can Write' in the book 'Twenty Love Poems And A Song Of Despair.' 'A Song Of Despair' is considered a song and not a poem and is actually 29 stanzas long as opposed to 16 or 17 stanzas shown above. I personally love this poem... both translations.
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Jessica Saenz 01 October 2006
Great poem, wrong title. Pablo released poems called 'Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair'. This one is 'A Song Of Despair', which is a much better, and correct, title than 'Saddest Poem' anyway. Do its' justice and correct it.
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