Sunday, January 28, 2007
#4 - Neruda- Viente poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada
Pablo Neruda’s real name is Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto. He used Pablo Neruda as his pen name. He worked as communist politician in Chile, as a Chilean diplomat and he was an active political activist. Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada was one of his early pieces of poetry and are among his most famous. I really enjoyed the series of poems. I found that not only did each poem have deeper meanings but also the poems as a whole reflect what Neruda wanted to portray. You can see first hand, how his mood changed during each poem and it was interesting to see his outlook on the world and how love changed from poem to poem. Clearly the poems are of a romantic genre however the rich imagery made them almost erotic. Apparently, that when these poems were first published, they were controversial due to their eroticism. The poems also have some “surrealness” to them, especially the poetry towards the end of the series. It feels like Neruda was writing the poems in an almost a dream like state. The dreamy style of the poems however still explains the real world very carefully and anyone can relate to what the Neruda is trying to portray through his poetry making his work excellent for discussion or allowing you indulge yourself into deep thinking about the world around you. I really enjoyed reading all the poetry but Neruda’ s work was even more of a pleasure to read. While reading Neruda, his work reminded me of Gusatvo Becquer’s poems entitled “Rimas”. Becquer was a Spanish 19th century poet and is considered one the most important poets in Spanish literature.