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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

(Dual-Language Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Pablo Neruda - Author

W.S. Merwin - Translator

Cristina Garcia - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780142437704 | 112 pages | 02 Dec 2003 | Penguin Classics | 4.80 x 6.06in | 18 - AND UP
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A beautifully packaged edition from "the greatest poet of the twentieth century—in any language (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

First published in 1924, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada remains among Pablo Neruda’s most popular work. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. Drawn from the poet’s most intimate and personal associations, the poems combine eroticism and the natural world with the influence of expressionism and the genius of a master poet. This edition features the newly corrected original Spanish text, with masterly English translations by award-winning poet W. S. Merwin on facing pages.

The Morning is Full

The morning is full of storm
in the heart of summer.

The clouds travel like white handkerchiefs of good-bye,
the wind, traveling, waving them in its hands.

The numberless heart of the wind
beating above our loving silence.

Orchestral and divine, resounding among the trees
like a language full of wars and songs.

Wind that bears off the dead leaves with a quick raid
and deflects the pulsing arrows of the birds.

Wind that topples her in a wave without spray
and substance without weight, and leaning fires.

Her mass of kisses breaks and sinks,
assailed in the door of the summer's wind.


Es La Mañana Llena

Es la mañana lleno de tempestad
en el corazón del verano.

Como pañuelos blancos de adiós las nubes,
el viento las sacude con sus viajeras manos.

Innumerable el corazón del viento
latiendo sobre nuestro silencio enamorado.

Zumbando entre los árboles, orquestal y divino,
como una lengua llena de guerras y de cantos.

Viento que lleva rápido robo la hojarasca
y desvia las flechas latientes de los parajos.

Viento que le derriba en ola sin espuma
y sustancia sin peso, y fuegos inclinados.

Se rompe y se submerge su volumen de besos
combatido en la puerta del viento del verano.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Introduction
I. Body of a Woman
II. The Light Wraps You
III. Ah Vastness of Pines
IV. The Morning Is Full
V. So that You Will Hear Me
VI. I Remember You As You Were
VII. Leaning into the Afternoons
VIII. White Bee
IX. Drunk with Pines
X. We Have Lost Even
XI. Almost out of the Sky
XII. Your Breast Is Enough
XIII. I Have Gone Marking
XIV. Every Day You Play
XV. I Like for You to Be Still
XVI. In My Sky at Twilight
XVII. Thinking, Tangling Shadows
XVIII. Here I Love You
XIX. Girl Lithe and Tawny
XX. Tonight I Can Write
The Song of Despair
Selected Bibliography
Suggestions for Further Reading