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.


sarahbarrett said...

Es interesante que dijiste que las poemas fueron casi prohibidos y polemicos cuando el los ha escrito. Ahora, nuestra cultura progresiva no consideraria algo asi tan erotica pero cuando los escribio Neruda fue algo bastante moderno y sexual. Me gusta ver las progresiones asi.

Jon said...

David, it's interesting that you see "surreal" or "dreamy" elements in the poetry. It might help, however, if you could provide some more specific examples.

I'd say a feature of the poetry is that it's often at the same time very concrete and yet also abstract. Think just of the first poem, for instance: much of the imagery is very elemental and concrete (land, tunnel, birds, bow and arrow) and yet the overall result is very unspecfic: we don't end up learning very much that's specific about the woman that he's addressing.