I Explain a Few Things Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374260796

ISBN-13: 9780374260798

Edition: 2007

Authors: Pablo Neruda, Ilan Stavans, Firuz Kazemzadeh

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"Laughter is the language of the soul," Pablo Neruda said. Among the most lasting voices of the most tumultuous (in his own words, "the saddest") century, a witness and a chronicler of its most decisive events, he is the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin America's most revered writers, the emblem of the engaged poet, an artist whose heart, always with the people, is literally consumed by passion. His work, oscillating from epic meditations on politics and history to intimate reflections on animals, food, and everyday objects, is filled with humor and affection. This bilingual selection of more than fifty of Neruda's best poems, edited and with an introduction by the distinguished Latin American scholar Ilan Stavans and brilliantly translated by an array of well-known poets, also includes some poems previously unavailable in English. "I Explain a Few Things "distills the poet's brilliance to its most essential and illuminates Neruda's commitment to using the pen as a calibrator for his age.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.50" wide x 5.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034

Pablo Neruda was born Ricardo Eliecer Neftal� Reyes Basoalto in Ferral, Chile on July 12, 1904. In 1923 he sold all of his possessions to finance the publication of his first book, Crepusculario (Twilight), which he published under the pseudonym Pablo Neruda. Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair), which was published the following year, made him a celebrity and allowed him to stop his studies to devote himself to poetry. His other works include Espa�a en el Coraz�n, Canto General, Las Uvas y el Viento, and Para Nacer He Nacido. He received numerous awards including the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, the Lenin Peace Prize and the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953, and the Nobel Prize for Literature for his poetry in 1971. He died of leukemia on September 23, 1973.

Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

XV: Me gustas cuando callas
XV: I Like for You to Be Still
XX: Puedo escribir
XX: Tonight I Can Write
Ars Poetica
Walking Around
Ode Federico Garcia Lorca
I Explain a Few Things
Song for the Mothers of Slain Militiamen
United Fruit Co.
America, I Do Not Invoke Your Name in Vain
I Wish the Woodcutter Would Wake Up I
The Strike
Your Hands
Your Laughter
Ode to the Artichoke
Ode to the Atom
Ode to Criticism
Ode to Cesar Vallejo
Ode to the Dictionary
Ode to the Eye
Ode to Walt Whitman
Ode to Salt
I Ask for Silence
How Much Happens in a Day
We Are Many
Autumn Testament
Ode to the Elephant
Ode to the Watermelon
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: IV
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: IV
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XI
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XI
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVI
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVI
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XLVIII
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XLVIII
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: LXXX
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XC
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XC
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XCVII
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XCVII
The Poet's Obligation
The Word
The People
Fully Empowered
Oh, My Lost City
Perhaps I've Changed Since Then
To Envy
The Future Is Space
In Vietnam
The Saddest Century
Gautama Christ
The Great Urinator
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