2016/09/12

BOOK REVIEW:
TWENTY LOVE POEMS AND A SONG OF DESPAIR BY PABLO NERUDA

Title: Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair
Author: Pablo Neruda, W. S. Mervin (translator)
Published: 1924
Language: English (translated from Spanish)
Pages: 65
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
A collection of poetry about love, lust and sadness from the Chilean author Pablo Neruda.


Review:
This is a gorgeous and intimate poetry collection and one I'm very happy to have finally read.

I found the poetry to be romantic and erotic, dealing with love and lust, all the while remaining simple and beautiful. I would say this is a fairly easy poetry collection to read and understand - there isn't all that much abstract stuff, it's fairly straightforward but without being blunt or harsh. You can get something beautiful out of each and every poem.

My favorite from this collection was In My Sky At Twilight

In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
and your form and colour are the way I love them.
You are mine, mine, woman with sweet lips
and in your life my infinite dreams live.

The lamp of my soul dyes your feet,
my sour wine sweeter on your lips:
oh reaper of my evening song,
how solitary dreams believe you to be mine!

You are mine, min, I go shouting it to the afternoon's
wind, and the wind hauls on my widowed voice.
Huntress of the depths of my eyes, your plunder
stills your nocturnal regards as though it were water.

You are taken in the net of my music, my love,
and my nets of music are wide as the sky.
My soul is born on the shore of your eyes of mourning.
In your eyes of mourning the land of dreams begin.
p. 47

Definitely a lovely collection and one I will reread.
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