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Captain's Verses

by Pablo Neruda

New Directions | February 17, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 in

Published: February 17, 2009

Publisher: New Directions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081121821X

ISBN - 13: 9780811218214

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Captain's Verses

by Pablo Neruda

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 in

Published: February 17, 2009

Publisher: New Directions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081121821X

ISBN - 13: 9780811218214

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Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love."

About the Author

Neruda's poetry moved through a variety of periods and styles, beginning with the youthful romanticism of Crepusculary (1919), which shows the seeds of his later social commitment. In Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair (1924), his tone becomes more despairing, a mood amplified in The Attempt of Infinite Man, an experiment with the avant-garde expressing the painful confrontation with human limits. The three hermetic volumes of Residence on Earth (1933) are surrealistic in style and subject matter, characterized by twisted syntax, audacious metaphors, and truncated phrases that express the chaos of the modern mind and an ontological despair. The Canto General (1950) is an effort to capture the epic tone of Latin America's history; highly political in large part, it contains some of the poet's finest work, as in his single greatest work, The Heights of Machu Picchu (1945). In later work, Neruda ranged from experiments with "conversational" poetry in Extravagaria (1958) to lyric autobiography to the rapturous contemplation of the natural world's wonders. In volumes such as Spain in the Heart and Intimate Letter to Millions, his verse becomes less hermetic, more accessible, and particularly more political. In 1927 Neruda entered Chile's diplomatic corps, and after an unpleasant tour in the Orient, he became consul to Barcelona and then moved to Madrid in 1935. He devoted himself to the cause of the Spanish republic, and its destruction by Franco's forces led him into poli
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