Five Decades: Poems 1925-1970

by Pablo Neruda
Translated by Ben Belitt

Grove/Atlantic | January 12, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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This bilingual volume is the definitive collection of the poetry of Pablo Neruda, the 1971 Nobel Prize winner, and one of the most profoundly influential poets of the twentieth century. His love poems are earthy and transcendent, and his political poems are the work of a man as incisive, impassioned, and ferociously intelligent as he was sensual.

Ben Belitt has drawn the 138 selections in "Five Decades" from all of Neruda''s major works, including the early volumes "Residence on Earth, General Son, Elemental Odes, Voyages and Homecomings, Book of Vagaries, A Hundred Love Sonnets, Black Island Memorial, " and the later "The Hands of Day, Wold''s End, " and "Skystones."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 1.2 in

Published: January 12, 1994

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802130356

ISBN - 13: 9780802130358

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Five Decades: Poems 1925-1970

by Pablo Neruda
Translated by Ben Belitt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 1.2 in

Published: January 12, 1994

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802130356

ISBN - 13: 9780802130358

About the Book

This bilingual volume is the definitive collection of the poetry of Pablo Neruda, the 1971 Nobel Prize winner and one of the most profoundly influential poets of the twentieth century. His love poems are earthy and transcendent, and his political poems are the work of a man as incisive, impassioned, and ferociously intelligent as he was sensual. Ben Belitt has drawn the 138 selections in "Five Decades" from all of Neruda's major works, including the early volumes Residence on Earth, General Song, Elemental Odes, Voyages and Homecomings, Book of Vagaries, A Hundred Love Sonnets, Black Island Memorial, and the later The Hands of Day, World's End, and Skystones.

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This bilingual volume is the definitive collection of the poetry of Pablo Neruda, the 1971 Nobel Prize winner, and one of the most profoundly influential poets of the twentieth century. His love poems are earthy and transcendent, and his political poems are the work of a man as incisive, impassioned, and ferociously intelligent as he was sensual.

Ben Belitt has drawn the 138 selections in "Five Decades" from all of Neruda''s major works, including the early volumes "Residence on Earth, General Son, Elemental Odes, Voyages and Homecomings, Book of Vagaries, A Hundred Love Sonnets, Black Island Memorial, " and the later "The Hands of Day, Wold''s End, " and "Skystones."

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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A definitive collection of the poetry of one of the most influential and profound poets of the Spanish language - Pablo Neruda. This unique bilingual edition boasts 138 poems from a sequence of 21 books written during a span of five decades, including 30 new translations never before published. Passionate, intelligent, sensual and urgent, the work of this Nobel Prize-winning poet spans the romantic and political with equal power and depth. Five Decades: Poems 1925 - 1970 is a wonderful celebration of the work of this extraordinary poet.

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"The most prolific, influential and inventive poet of the Spanish language." (The New York Times Book Review)
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