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It is hard not to be swept away by the urgency of his language, and that's especially so when he seems swept away.

The New Yorker

A beautiful new gift book of Pablo Neruda's greatest love poems for all occasions


Love Poems

Poetry by Pablo Neruda

translated from the Spanish by Donald D. Walsh

Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda’s love poems caused a scandal when published anonymously in 1952. In later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize winner’s oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images that reveal in gentle lingering lines an erotic re-imagining of the world through the prism of a lover’s body: "today our bodies became vast, they grew to the edge of the world / and rolled melting / into a single drop / of wax or meteor...." Written on the paradisal island of Capri, where Neruda "took refuge" in the arms of his lover Matilde Urrutia, Love Poems embraces the seascapes around them, saturating the images of endless shores and waves with a new, yearning eroticism. This wonderful book collects Neruda’s most passionate verses.

published December 1st, 2008